Land Grabbing and Human Rights: The Role of EU Actors Abroad

Elyse Mills

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Key Messages 1 EU-based actors play a significant role in land grabbing and related human rights abuses outside of Europe, yet the full extent of their involvement is difficult to quantify. 2 This brief identifies five key mechanisms in which EU actors are involved in land grabbing, and which can cause human rights abuses or threats. A full understanding of these mechanisms is crucial for tackling the human rights challenges emerging from land grabbing. 3 The EU and its Member States’ extraterritorial obligations require them to take concrete steps to prevent and remedy human rights abuses and violations in the context of land grabbing. 4 The EU has responded to land grabbing-related human rights challenges through a variety of policies and initiatives. However, the EU’s response to land grabbing, by acts and omissions, has been insufficient to meet its human rights obligations. 5 Business self-regulation and corporate social responsibility schemes have proved to be insufficient for addressing land grabbing-related human rights issues. 6 The EU and its Member States can play an important role in preventing land grabbing, and addressing related human rights abuses and violations, by implementing a set of policy regulations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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