Land Reform Policy

The Challenge of Human Rights Law

Ben Chigara


  • Ashgate
  • Farnham
  • 2004
  • English
  • Hardcover
  • 262 pages


It is argued in this volume that inequitable land distribution is the largest single issue threatening the Southern African Development Community (SADC) states' transition to democratic governance and its subsequent social, economic and political changes. The text examines problems with land rights and land claims in 21st-century SADC states. In particular, the legitimacy of counter-claims of title to real property, linked to conversion from oral governance before colonization to formal record governance after colonization, is analysed.


After outlining the issues, Land Reform Policy presents a theoretical model for interpreting the requirements of justice to be applied in the aftermath of fundamental change.


Ben Chigara has held lectureships at Warwick University; Leeds University; Oxford Brookes University. He joined Brunel University London as a Professor of Law and is the founding Director of the university’s flagship Master of Laws programmes in International Law.