Property Rights Enforcement by Other Means

Sandra F. Joireman

in Where There is No Government

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782482
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897209 | DOI:
Property Rights Enforcement by Other Means

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It has long been accepted that nongovernmental organizations have taken over the role of the government in spheres of health and education in Africa. Using field research from Uganda, this chapter presents examples of NGOs that have been active in the enforcement of property rights where the state has chosen not to enforce certain rights or where it is not strong enough to do so. Ideologically motivated NGOs have acted to educate lawyers, judges, and citizens and, in some extreme cases, to equip and train police so as to enable the defense of legal rights to property. The implications of this new role for NGOs in terms of local and national authority are discussed. The evidence suggests a completely different model for understanding legal NGOs from that which has been previously suggested; they neither feed into the legal process nor exist completely separate from it, but are intertwined with the state in surprising ways.

Keywords: nongovernmental organizations; legal aid; legal development; alternative dispute resolution; Uganda; non-state actors; law enforcement

Chapter.  6442 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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