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Land Law Reform in Eastern Africa: Traditional or Transformative? by Patrick McAuslan

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Chapter 6

Mozambique

 

 

 

The Land Law of 1997 is held out as one of the, if not the, most advanced land laws on the African continent. Its reputation has benefited immensely from the detailed and positive overview of the making of the law written up by Christopher Tanner, an FAO consultant who played and is still playing an important role in the development of the law.1 His summary of the law and its making sets the scene:

The Mozambican case offers important lessons at a time when land policy and reform is high on the agenda in many African countries. Firstly, it is an excellent example of the ‘sociology of law’ at work. Sociological analysis preceded the drafting of new legislation and subsequently guided it at every step. There were two ...

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