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Disputing the Global Land Grab: Claiming Rights and Making Markets Through Collaborative Governance

By Matthew Canfield
Drake University



In 2007-2008 the prices of staple cereal skyrocketed, catalyzing a global food crisis that sent over 150 million people into hunger. Activists in social movements and international NGOs identified global land grabs as a key contributor to the crisis. Across the world, foreign states and multi-national corporations were acquiring large tracts of land for investment and to feed their own populations. Transnational agrarian movements demanded a response to this global problem. Eventually, this dispute was negotiated in the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security, a multi-stakeholder arena of collaborative governance. Between 2012-2014, activists—together with states, international institutions, and the private sector—developed the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems. How did the challenge of the “global land grab” become one of “responsible investment”? What can this case tell us about the practice of new mod…

Federalism and the dynamics of subnational legal mobilization

By Alba Ruibal, Researcher at the National Scientific and Technological Research Council (CONICET), Argentina

Caption: "Mirtha Sisnero, main plaintiff in gender discrimination case in Salta, Argentina". 

The literature on law and social movements in Latin America has generally focused on the relationship between social actors with national high courts. This emphasis is partly due to the importance of the recent creation or empowerment of constitutional courts across the region, after democratization and judicial reform processes. However, understanding the dynamics of subnational legal mobilization in these settings is fundamental, given that, especially in federal regimes, socio-legal processes at the local level are crucial for the effective implementation and enforcement of rights.

My article Federalism and Subnational Legal Mobilization: Feminist Litigation Strategies in Salta, Argentina examines the factors that can influence subnational legal mobilization processes. …