Tools & Resources

Tools and resources to assist government officials, parliamentarians and policy makers in the planning, preparation for, negotiation, monitoring, and implementation of large-scale investments

Governing Land Investments: Do Governments Have Legal Support Gaps? Go to resource

In the wave of efforts to encourage and support more “responsible” land investments, one aspect has been largely overlooked: are governments equipped with the legal and technical support needed to effectively negotiate and conclude investment contracts that lead to responsible outcomes? By scrutinizing “legal support gaps,” this note seeks to identify possible weak links in global and national efforts to achieve more responsible land investments, as well as opportunities to encourage better practice. For example, legal support holds the potential—albeit not yet regularly realized—to be an entry point for incorporating international best practice and guidelines into negotiations and at other stages of the investment. The note also takes stock of how governments are preparing for, negotiating, implementing, and monitoring land investments in practice, to determine where additional legal support could potentially improve outcomes for governments. It offers good practices that can increase government access to, and use of, legal support and enhance the capacity of lawyers to help governments achieve responsible land investments.