Land rights, international law and a shrinking planet

June 2015
IIED briefing note (Lorenzo Cotula))

Recent years have seen a new wave of large-scale acquisitions of farmland for plantation agriculture in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Less tangible changes are also taking place. In a globalised world, land governance is increasingly shaped by international law, developments in which law are shifting the balance between competing land claims and between private interests and public authority. International developments are also creating new spaces for contestation and accountability. Briefing note discusses trends and provides pointers for public action at national and international levels.