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An Evening with Lawyers Against Poverty: Making Land Rights a Reality

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Lawyers Against Poverty is an organisation consisting of individual members who are committed to using the law in order to eradicate poverty. We use our Justice Fund to support strategic interventions in countries across the world, including in the area of rights to land.

Land sustains life and is an essential economic resource. As soon as rights to land are threatened, so are the livelihoods and lives of the women, men and communities depending on it. Across the world today, 2.5 billion women and men depend on indigenous and community lands covering more than 50% of the world’s surface to survive. Yet indigenous peoples and communities own only one fifth of this land – a gap representing 5 billion hectares of unprotected space vulnerable to seizure by governments and corporations.

Join us on Monday 4 February for a discussion around making land rights for indigenous communities a reality. We will hear from Professor Alexandra Xanthaki, Research Director at Brunel Law School, whose work is focused on indigenous rights under international law. We will also hear from Chris Owen, Managing Associate at Simmons & Simmons, whose practice extends to international land rights, including assisting the Maasai with their successful negotiation of settlement agreements in respect of several land rights disputes in Tanzania.

Ph: Saul Martinez/Oxfam.

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