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Commercial Pressures and Legal Rights: The Trouble with the Law Regulating Agricultural Investment in Africa


  • Lorenzo Cotula


As revived private-sector interest in African agriculture aggravates commercial pressures on land, the national, international and transnational legal frameworks define the rights, obligations, enforcement mechanisms and arenas for negotiation and contestation among the manifold actors brought into contact through agricultural investments. Historical legacies and recent developments have favoured the emergence of a legal system geared more towards enabling secure transnational investment flows than towards ensuring that these flows benefit people in the recipient countries. Promoting inclusive investment in agriculture means rethinking important features of the law, and enhancing the local capacity to exercise rights under the existing law.

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  • Lorenzo Cotula, 2013. "Commercial Pressures and Legal Rights: The Trouble with the Law Regulating Agricultural Investment in Africa," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 2, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0265

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    1. F. Cafaggi & P. Iamiceli, 2014. "Supply chains, contractual governance and certification regimes," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 37(1), pages 131-173, February.

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    Constitutional law; Property law; International law; Land ownership and tenure; Land reform; Land use; Irrigation; Agriculture and environment; Multinational firms; International business;

    JEL classification:

    • K10 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - General (Constitutional Law)
    • K11 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Property Law
    • K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business


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