The Struggle for Land and Justice in Kenya
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224 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Eastern Africa Series

Imprint: James Currey

The Struggle for Land and Justice in Kenya

by Ambreena Manji

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Explores the limits of law in changing unequal land relations in Kenya.
Why, despite the introduction of new land laws beginning in 2012, has there been an increase in land grabbing in Kenya? Why has legislation failed to address long standing grievances about grossly unequal land distribution? This important book suggests that questions of justice should be central to discussions of African land reform.
Constitutional reformers in Kenya promised transformative changes in land relations. However, the reality has disappointed. Land law reforms since 2010 have been more concerned with the administration of land and with bureaucratic power than with the real consequences of unequal access to land for ordinary Kenyans. Manji documents this thwarted struggle and surveys the prospects for genuine change.

Published in association with the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

Ambreena Manji is Professor of Land Law and Development at the School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University. Between 2010 and 2014, she was Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa. Her books include The Politics of Land Reform in Africa (2006).

Vita Books: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and South Africa.
Foreword by Dr Willy Mutunga
Introduction: What We Talk About When We Talk About Land
Land Reform in Kenya: The History of an Idea
Making Mischief: Land in Modern Kenya
Land and Constitutional Change
The New Institutional Framework for Land Governance
Land Governance Before the Supreme Court
Rethinking Historical Land Injustices
Taking Justice Seriously

AMBREENA MANJI is Professor of Land Law and Development at the School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, where she co-founded the Law and Global Justice Centre and its African Feminist Judgments project and Global Justice Pro Bono programme. She was President of the African Studies Association UK 2018-2020 and Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa 2010 - 2014. Her books include The Politics of Land Reform in Africa and The Struggle for Land and Justice in Kenya. Prior to her appointment at Cardiff, she held academic posts at the Universities of Warwick and Keele and was a visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town and at Dar es Salaam Law School. In 2016 and 2018, she was a Faculty Member at the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa in Johannesburg. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Africa Research Institute (London); and the Advisory Council of the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (Johannesburg). She is a member of the Editorial Boards of Social and Legal Studies, Feminist Legal Studies and Law and Humanities.

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Title Details

224 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Eastern Africa Series

Imprint: James Currey