Research Project

Land Grabbing and International Criminal Law: Prosecuting Corporate Abuses

This project is in partnership with FIAN International. 

Every year, millions of people are forcibly displaced from their land and stripped of the natural resources which they directly depend upon to make way for large-scale industrial, infrastructure or development projects. Such land grabs and exploitation of natural resources are also accompanied by the violation of several other human rights and often escape with impunity or compensation to those affected. This project will contribute to a better understanding of the international legal forums and mechanisms available to hold States and businesses accountable for corporate abuses and violations. Taking example of a real case involving forcible acquisition of land, environmental destruction and severe violations of human rights, the project team will also work on exploring strategic forums for litigating the case at an international level.

This exciting research project is open to postgraduate human rights students as part of the Human Rights Centre Clinic Module (HU902). If you have any questions, please contact us on

The Partner

FIAN International is an international human rights organisation that has been advocating for the realisation of the right to food and nutrition for over 30 years. FIAN supports grassroots communities and movements in their struggles against the violation of this right. Through national sections and networks, FIAN works in over 50 countries around the world. Holding a consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, FIAN also works closely with the international human rights system through an international secretariat based in Heidelberg and a permanent representation in Geneva.


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