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3 - The Indigenous Land Rights In Africa And The Enduring Legacies Of Colonial Land Laws: An Appraisal Of A Framework For Comparative Analyses

Friday, July 6
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Marigold, New Building

Although almost all of the previously colonized territories, can technically be characterized as having relatively regained their political independence, however the far-reaching effects bequeathed from the historical epoch of Western colonial expansion continue to form an integral part of the lived experiences of the peoples and communities in the Americas, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Middle East and many parts of Asia, to this very day. One of the social domains through which these enduring colonial legacies continue to be remarkably manifested is the bequeathed discourse of property rights in respect of land. Recognizing that the concept of colonization is a generic term that subsumes rather diverse variety of historical situations and experiences, the paper herein proposed departs from the premise that one of the foremost and immediate contentious hurdle that confronted the various colonial powers was the prior organized be presence of native populations and their respective institutions of property rights. To overcome these hurdles, almost (if not) all colonial powers heavily relied on an array of administrative actions, for calculated transplantations, adaptations, and enforcement of colonial legal discourses of property rights in land. Hence as alluded to by McAuslan the creation of enclaves of westernized legal modernities of property rights, which varied not only in respect of the various colonial powers but also across time and space. The paper makes an attempt at crafting a framework for comparative analyses of the colonial land laws of the various colonial powers as well as the enduring impact that these may have had on indigenous land rights of their respective African subjects, both during as well as in the long aftermath of direct colonial rule.

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