Journal Articles & Books
July 2015

In the recent past, high profile cases involving land governance problems have been thrust into the public domain. These include the case involving the grabbing of a playground belonging to Lang’ata Road Primary School in Nairobi and the tussle over a 134 acre piece of land in Karen. Land ownership and use have been a great source of conflict among communities and even families in Kenya, a situation exacerbated by corruption.

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July 1963

An Act to convert freehold estates in land into leasehold estates and to provide for the corresponding diminution of other estates and interests in and over land, to declare the incidents of such leasehold estates and to provide for the development of land.  

August 2012

This note summarizes findings from an
analysis of Vanuatu national leasing data drawn from the
Vanuatu department of lands databases for the period of
1980-2010. It provides a preliminary indication of how much
of Vanuatu is currently under lease, where land is being
leased, how leased land is being used, the length of leases,
and the extent that leases have been subdivided. The profile
also highlights areas where data collection needs to be improved.

January 1970

Farms 25/77 NQ and 27/77N0, located in North East District, were acquired by the Government

from the freeholder, Mr Blackbeard in 1990. The purchase followed the recommendations of the

consultants appointed to conduct the feasibility study of the Lower Shashe dam (SMEC, 1990), and

had the objective of providing compensatory land for Matopi villagers who need to be relocated

before flooding of the reservoir.

During the latter part of 1990, the Tati Land Board proposed compensating Matopi residents by


This Act concerns the registration of freehold land and other interests in freehold land and it consists of 211 sections and is divided into 12 Parts. Part 2 concerns the administration of the Act, provides for the operation of the land registry and specifies the functions and powers of the registrar. Part 3 is dedicated to the operation of the freehold land register, while Part 4 concerns the registration of land. Part 5 covers the registration of joint holders in lots and Part 6 regulates dealings directly affecting lots, including transferring and lease.


This Act provides for the management of land in Queensland, it consists of 522 sections and is divided into nine Chapters. The objectives of the Act and its application are described in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 covers land allocation, in particular allocation powers (Part 1), reservations in grant titles (Part 2) and native title (Part 3). Chapter 3 covers reserves, deeds of grant in trust and roads. Chapter 4 is dedicated to land holdings: making land available (Part 1), eligibility to hold land (Part 2), leases (Part 3) and permits (Part 4). The Act is completed by six Schedules.