Land administration, planning and human rights

Stig Enemark, Line Træholt Hvingel, Daniel Galland

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The people-to-land relationship is dynamic and changes over time in response to cultural, social, and economic development. Land policies, institutions and land administration systems are key tools aimed at governing this relationship. Such tools will normally include the means for allocating and controlling rights, restrictions and responsibilities in land – often termed RRRs. Each of the RRRs encompasses a human rights dimension that should be seen and unfolded as more than just political rhetoric. This paper attempts to analyse the aspect of human rights in relation to land administration systems with a special focus on less developed countries struggling to build adequate systems for governing the RRRs in land. In doing so, the paper conceives planning as a key function and means of land administration systems by which human rights should be underpinned in solving concrete land issues.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPlanning Theory
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)331-348
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Human rights, land administration, planning, land rights, land restrictions, land responsibilities


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