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The International Rule of Law Movement

Posted July 22, 2014

Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, has written a chapter for a new book published by Harvard University Press entitled The International Rule of Law Movement – A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward. Vivek’s chapter is entitled Legal Empowerment and the Land Rush: Three Struggles.

The chapter describes, by way of stories from Mozambique, Sierra Leone and India,  three key moments in the interaction between land-based communities and industrial firms: proactive rights protection, negotiation, and post-facto enforcement.  It offers insights for how to scale up legal empowerment at each of those moments.

Other chapters include essays by James A. Goldston, of the Open Society Justice Initiative …

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No Consent: The Case of Nimiyama Chiefdom in Sierra Leone

Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Innovative Legal Remedies to Protect
Land Rights in Sierra Leone

By Karima Tawfik

For one woman in Nimiyama Chiefdom in eastern Sierra Leone, the first sign of trouble came when she went into her family’s fields to brush for planting and was told to leave immediately because the land had been “sold.” For another landowner, it was when a group of people entered and surveyed his family lands without his consent – and just told him to take the issue up with his chief. And for many, it was the seven-foot poles erected in their backyards, signaling that their lands are …

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