Law and Development Implications of International Land Acquisitions (2013)
The Law and Development Institute and Kyoto University Graduate School of Environmental Studies co-hosted the LDI's fourth annual law and development conference in Kyoto, Japan. Twenty leading and rising scholars from a number of developed and developing countries, including United States, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Italy, Ethiopia, Uganda, Poland, Cambodia, and India, made presentations on the law and development issues arising from international land acquisitions.
Date: May 30-31, 2013
Venue: Kyoto University (Clock Tower), Japan
Schedule:
 30 May 2013
 10:30-11:00
 11:00-12:00
 12:00-13:30
 13:30-15:00
 15:00-15:30
 15:30-17:00
 17:00
 18:00-20:00
 31 May 2013
 09:30-10:30
 10:30-11:00
 11:00-12:30
 12:30-14:00
 Parallel Sessions
 14:00~15:30
 15:30-16:00
 16:00-16:15
 16:15-17:00
 17:00
Location : Clock Tower, International Conference Hall I
Welcome and Opening Addresses
Dean of Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Shigeo Fujii, Kyoto University, Japan
Law and Development Institute
Yong-Shik Lee, University of Manchester UK

Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Andreas Neef, Kyoto University, Japan
Keynote Speech

The Law and Land Grabbing: Friend or Foe
Liz Alden Wily, Independent Land Tenure Specialist, Nairobi, Kenya
Coffee Break
Plenary Session I "Land Acquisitions and International Investment Laws"
Chair: Yong-Shik Lee, University of Manchester, UK
A Primer on International Investment Law
Perry S. Bechky, Seattle University School of Law, USA
Interaction between Foreign Investment in Land and International Investment
Law Regime: History, Trends, Pitfalls and Options

Uche U. Ewelukwa, University of Arkansas, USA
Responsible Investments in Land Presume a Responsible Trade Regime
Elisabeth Burgi Bonanomi, University of Bern, Switzerland
Lunch break
Plenary Session II "Competing Frameworks and Perspectives on Land Property"
Chair: Noboru Ishikawa, Kyoto University, Japan
Indigenous People in Latin America and the Right to Non-Renewable Natural
Resources: The Bolivian Case

Lorena Ossio, Max-Planck-Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Germany
Land Acquisition by Foreign Agribusiness in Northern Mozambique through
Triangular Cooperation with Japan and Brazil: An Analysis of Shifting Discourses
Sayaka Funada-Classen, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan
Land Acquisition for Oil Palm in Forest Frontiers: Options for Improved Legal
Compliance and Sustainability

Krystof Obidzinski, Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia
End of Conference Day 1
Dinner Reception (for Invited Guests)
Location: Clock Tower, International Conference Hall I
Plenary Session III "International Land Acquisitions and Economic Development"
Chair: Liz Alden Wily, Nairobi, Kenya
Partners in Development Arab Acquisitions in Islamic Africa
Salim Farrar, University of Sydney, Australia
Extending the Water Connection: Land Acquisitions and Economic Development
Kyungmee Kim, Stockholm International Water Institute, Sweden
Coffee break
Plenary Session IV "Regulating International Land Acquisitions and Strengthening Community Rights"
Chair: Andreas Neef, Kyoto University, Japan
Regulation of Large-Scale Acquisition of Land: New Perspectives of Sustainable Development
Lorenza Paoloni, University of Molise, Italy
Looking at the Broader Picture: Instruments to Tame Large-Scale Land and Water Acquisitions for Rural Development
Michael Bruntrup, German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany
Questioning the 'Regulatory Approach' to Large-Scale Agricultural Land Transfers in Ethiopia: A Legal Pluralistic Perspective
Fantu Farris Mulleta, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Lunch Break
Location: Clock Tower, International Conference Hall I
Parallel Session I "Land Acquisitions: Policies, Discourses and Practices"
Chair: Akiko Morisita, Kyoto University, Japan
International Land Acquisition in the Polish Legal System and its Impact on Economic Development
Lukasz Jarocki, University of Bialystok, Poland
The Discourse of Land Grabbing and Resistance in Newly Reforming Myanmar:
The Monywa Copper Mine

Emel Zerrouk, Kyoto University, Japan
Competing Frameworks and Perspectives on Land Property in Cambodia
Christoph Oldenburg, NGO Forum on Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Location: Department of Civil Engineering . Historic Building, 2nd Floor, 207
Parallel Session II "Legal Mechanisms of Inclusion and Exclusion"
Chair: Jane Singer, Kyoto University, Japan
Inclusion of Local Actors in Decision-making Processes: Normative Considerations and Evidence from Three Cases of Large-scale Land Acquisitions in the Office du Niger Region
Mali Kerstin Nolte, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany
The Global Grabbing of Land, Water and Fiscal Revenues: Investment Contracts Between Private Heaven and Public Hell
Tomaso Ferrando, Sciences Po Law School, Paris, France
Land Grabbing and its Gender Implications - What Do We Know So Far
Michael Bruntrup, German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany
Coffee break
Short Reports from Parallel Sessions

Rapporteurs: Liz Alden Wily, Nairobi, Kenya and Uche U. Ewelukwa, University of Arkansas, USA
Open Discussion: International Land Acquisitions between Resistance and Mitigation

Moderator: Yong-Shik Lee, University of Manchester, UK
Concluding Remarks

Andreas Neef, Kyoto University, Japan
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