Sustainable investment in land in the Global South: What would it require from a coherence perspective? The case of Sierra Leone

Bürgi, Elisabeth (2015). Sustainable investment in land in the Global South: What would it require from a coherence perspective? The case of Sierra Leone. Questions of International Law, 21, pp. 17-37. QIL

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Large scale acquisitions of land in the Global South have signifi-cantly increased since the millennium. It is often the case that foreign investors are involved in such acquisitions, which are commonly aimed at facilitating the export of commodities. These investments in land tend to transform conventional, rather small scale agricultural systems into large scale, industrial agricultural systems. While investment in ag-riculture in the Global South is much needed, large-scale investments in land often goes hand-in-hand with environmental and human rights re-lated challenges. As a consequence, lawyers need to address questions of sovereignty over natural resources (this paper focuses in particular on land resources), to peoples’ right to self-determination, to the responsi-bilities of the home and host states of the investors, including public-private relationships, and the role of international institutions who are involved, as well as relevant jurisprudence. This paper approaches these questions from the perspective of a theory on policy coherence for sus-tainable development.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Bürgi, Elisabeth

ISSN:

2284-2969

Publisher:

QIL

Projects:

[442] Sustainable soil governance and large scale land acquisitions originating in Switzerland

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2016 16:57

Last Modified:

05 Sep 2016 14:11

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.73206

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/73206

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