Large-Scale Land Investments in Least Developed Countries: Legal conflicts between investment and human rights protection

By Montilla Fernández and Luis Tomás, Published by Springer, November 2017

This book analyzes large-scale land investments for agricultural purposes in Africa’s least developed countries from a law and economics perspective. Focusing on the effects of foreign land investments on host countries’ local populations and the apparent failure of international law to create incentives to offset them, it examines the legal and economic mechanisms to hold investors accountable in cases where their investment leads to human rights violations. It shows that, where judicial mechanisms fail to deliver justice, international law offers alternatives to safeguard against arbitrary and abusive state and investor conduct, and also to effectuate human rights and, thus, tackle opportunistic behaviour. Available at