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United States: New York Court Upholds Constitutionality of Condemnation of Private Property for Removal of Blight

(Dec. 14, 2009) The New York Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, has held that a state condemnation authority can use its eminent domain power to acquire property for a private development project to remove urban blight. The case involves a private developer's plan to develop 22 acres in Brooklyn for a basketball […]

United Nations: Panel Pays Reparations for Kuwait Invasion

(July 31, 2009) On July 29, 2009, the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) paid a total of $430 million to settle the damage claims arising from the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. Together with earlier payments, this action brings the total amount paid by the UNCC to close to $28 billion. The UNCC, based […]

Lithuania: Return of Jewish Property Confiscated by the Soviets

(July 8, 2009) On June 25, 2009, the Government of Lithuania submitted to the Parliament its draft Law on Compensation to the Jewish Community for Non-Return of Property Confiscated During the Soviet Period. The Law provides for the allocation of an amount equal to US$50 million for this purpose. The bill does not address the […]

Brazil: New Law Grants Public Land in the Amazon to Adverse Possessors

(July 7, 2009) On June 25, 2009, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed Law No. 11,952, which regulates agrarian occupations in lands belonging to the government that are situated in the Amazon region. Law No. 11,952 was originally designed to benefit small farmers, but a few modifications during the legislative process changed the […]

Cambodia: Land Distribution Proposed

(May 1, 2009) On April 23, 2009, Cambodia's Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction held its annual press conference and announced plans to distribute land concessions to about 10,000 families. The distribution will be in nine target provinces and will go to families that are landless and to disabled veterans. Although these families […]

Zimbabwe: Government Ignores Court Order

(Dec. 15, 2008) It was reported on December 1, 2008, that according to the Lands Minister, Didymus Mutasa, the Zimbabwean government is going to step-up expropriation of farm land owned by white farmers, in defiance of the South African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal's recent ruling on a suit brought by white land owners. The SADC […]

Southern African Development Community: Ruling on Land Expropriation in Zimbabwe

(Dec. 5, 2008) On November 28, 2008, a ten-member tribunal of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), which is headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana, and comprises 15 Member States, including Zimbabwe, issued a ruling in a landmark case involving a land dispute between the Government of Zimbabwe and 78 white farmers. The Namibia-based tribunal ruled in […]

Bangladesh: Ordinance Drafted to Govern Management of Confiscated Properties

(Sept. 10, 2008) The Interim Government of Bangladesh has drafted an ordinance regarding management of confiscated immovable property. The ordinance is necessary because special courts set up by the Interim Government to try corruption cases have ordered confiscation of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of assets of the accused individuals. The relevant government departments […]

Belarus: New Rules for Property Registration

(May 2, 2008) On April 16, 2008, the Parliament of Belarus passed amendments to the Law on State Registration of Real Estate. The amendments deal with the transfer of ownership rights and other transactions involving real estate. Aimed at simplification of the registration procedure, the amendments introduce a new registration agency that will be an […]

Ukraine: New Law on Land Market

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 4, 2008, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine adopted the Law on the Land Market. The Law determines legal and economic principles for the organization and functioning of the land market and regulates the protection of the legal interests of the state and other entities in regard to the conditions […]