Land and Agriculture

Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

Date: June 19-29, 2018
Location: Columbia University, exact location TBD

Is There a Human Right to Land?

In this blog post, Kaitlin Cordes considers whether and how international human rights law recognizes a human right to land, and the ways in which land rights are inextricably linked to human rights.

Ask the Experts: Webinar on the Future of Land-Related Indicators in the 2030 Agenda

Date: September 18, 2017, 9:30am – 11:00am

Guide to Land Contracts: Forestry Projects

Agricultural investment contracts and forestry projects can be complex, with complicated provisions that are difficult to understand. To assist non-lawyers in better understanding agricultural investment contracts, such as those available on OpenLandContracts.org, CCSI has developed a Guide to Land Contracts: Forestry Projects. This Guide, prepared by International Senior Lawyers Project staff and volunteers in collaboration with the Columbia… read more

In Jharkhand, Using an Old Technique for Sustainable Water

By Sandeep Dixit and Abhijit Sharan
May 24, 2017

In this blog post, Sandeep Dixit and Abhijit Sharan write on the drought in the Indian state of Jharkhand that has caused more than 20 million farmers to suffer. In effort to correct the state’s dependence on rain-fed agriculture and input modern farming practices, the Centers for International Projects Trust in New Delhi has collaborated with Ranchi’s Birsa Agricultural University to work on construction of small ponds (called “dobhas”) under its Sustainable Agriculture and Farmers’ Livelihood program.

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OGP Webinar: Using Tools to Advance Transparency in Land Investments

Date: April 26, 2017, 9:00am-10:00am EST
Location: Webinar

Briefing Note: A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments

This briefing note, co-authored with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, outlines a new approach to conducting human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of business operations or projects, which brings together project-affected people, the company, and other stakeholders to jointly design and implement an assessment. The aim of this… read more

A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments

This discussion paper, co-authored with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, proposes a new approach to conducting human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of business operations or projects, which brings together project-affected people, the company, and other stakeholders to jointly design and implement an assessment. The aim of this… read more

What Now? Land Rights Lawyers on How to Champion Human Rights and Promote Responsible Investment in the Era of Climate Change and Trump

Date: January 30, 2017 12:10-1:10pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 546

The Risks and Impacts of Expropriating Community Lands

By Sam Szoke-Burke
December 20, 2016

In this blog post, Sam Szoke-Burke describes how governments using land for large-scale projects must consider both the greater public benefits as well as the needs of the people who reside on and utilize the resources of the land. The risks of land expropriation include: an excessive demand on public resources, ruins to property and disruption to investment projects, and damage to government reputations. Therefore, both domestic and international human rights law must be considered.

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