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[18PacRimLPolyJ575] Reaching Back to Move Forward: Using Adverse Possession to Resolve Land Conflicts in Timor-Leste

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dc.contributor.author Williams, Charlotte C.
dc.contributor.author Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-27T20:49:46Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-27T20:49:46Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08
dc.identifier.citation 18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 575 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1066-8632
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/540
dc.description.abstract Abstract: Like many post-conflict countries, Timor-Leste grapples with land conflicts that resulted from successive waves of property dispossession. Colonized by the Portuguese, invaded and occupied by the Indonesians, and briefly administered by the United Nations, Timor-Leste’s history has produced disjointed patterns of land tenure. These land tenure systems have given rise to five separate categories of land claimants, each of whom often have conflicting interests in property. While the newly independent country has taken steps to resolve conflicting land claims through legislation, existing law does not address the longstanding tensions underlying these conflicts, making it difficult for the courts to reach durable solutions for property disputants. Applying the doctrine of adverse possession would help resolve these disputes. Relying on this doctrine would reduce strain on the judicial system by delineating a clear standard for determining which claimants have lawful rights to land. Furthermore, reliance on this doctrine would positively impact the economic and social stability of this developing country, helping to create an environment that fosters further economic growth. While the doctrine of adverse possession would not wholly eradicate land dispute issues in Timor-Leste, it has the potential to significantly improve the current situation.∗ en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title [18PacRimLPolyJ575] Reaching Back to Move Forward: Using Adverse Possession to Resolve Land Conflicts in Timor-Leste en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2009 by Pacific Rim Law & Policy Association en_US


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