Land Rights and Expropriation in Ethiopia

by Daniel W. Ambaye
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Daniel W. Ambaye Land Rights and Expropriation in Ethiopia
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This thesis provides a new approach to the Ethiopian Land Law debate. The basic argument made in this thesis is that even if the Ethiopian Constitution provides and guarantees common ownership of land (together with the state) to the people, this right has not been fully realized whether in terms of land accessibility, enjoyability, and payment of fair compensation in the event of expropriation.

Expropriation is an inherent power of the state to acquire land for public purpose activities. It is an important development tool in a country such as Ethiopia where expropriation remains the only method to acquire land. Furthermore, the two preconditions of payment of fair compensation and existence of public purpose justifications are not strictly followed in Ethiopia. The state remains the sole beneficiary of the process by capturing the full profit of land value, while paying inadequate compensation to those who cede their land by expropriation. Secondly, the broader public purpose power of the state in expropriating the land for unlimited activities puts the property owners under imminent risk of expropriation.


Daniel W. Ambaye

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Illustrations Note:
3 farbige Abbildungen, Bibliographie

Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

Provides a new approach to the Ethiopian Land Law debate

Includes a special chapter on the current land right of Ethiopia

Outlines clear procedural steps in handling the expropriation process

Offers innovative and pragmatic proposed solutions

Media Type:
Buch gebunden
Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:

Dr. Ambaye has been teaching and researching in the Institute of land Administration and the Law School of Bahir Dar University for several years. He wrote many conference papers and journal articles focusing on land issues in Ethiopia. In 2013, he published a textbook, Ethiopian Land Law, that is widely used by post and undergraduate students and practitioners.

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Product Type:
Hardback book
Release date:
18 March 2015
Package Dimensions:
0.236 x 0.163 x 0.023 m; 0.499 kg
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3 colour illustrations
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