Land Policy Reform, Customary Rule of Law and the Peace Process in Sierra Leone



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Armed conflict is particularly destructive to socio-legal relations regarding land and property. Reconstruction priorities increasingly include the reform of property legislation as part of efforts to address the causes and reasons for continuation of conflicts. However, a pervasive problem is that postwar laws are extremely difficult to connect with informal on-the-ground developments regarding perceptions of spatially-based rights as populations pursue livelihoods, grievances and aspirations. Left unattended, the problem constitutes a potential flashpoint for a return to conflict.This article examines this connection for postwar Sierra Leone, in order to highlight issues and questions of potential utility.


Jon Unruh


African Journal of Legal Studies