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Resilience and Vulnerability in Property Rights Systems


12.00pm - 1.00pm Monday 23rd August 2010

Sir George Fisher Building (DB 32) Conference Room 114 JCU
Daniel Fitzpatrick, Australian National University College of Law

Daniel is an associate professor at the Australian National University College of Law. He was the UN’s land rights adviser in post-conflict East Timor (2000) and post-tsunami Aceh (2005-6). In 2007 he won the Hart Article Prize from the UK Socio-Legal Association for Evolution and Chaos in Property Rights Systems: the Third World Tragedy of Contested Access, Yale Law Journal (Vol. 115, pp. 996-1048 March 2006)). He is the primary author of Land and Disasters: Guidance for Practitioners (United Nations, 2010). He has undertaken professional consultancies with the World Bank, AusAID, the Asian Development Bank, Oxfam International, the OECD, UNDP and UN-Habitat. His work with AusAID includes co-authoring the landmark report Making Land Work: Reconciling Customary Land and Development in the Pacific (2008) report for its Pacific Land Program. He has been a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore (2006-09), a Visiting Professor at the University of Muenster (2002), and a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto (2007).


Daniel Fitzpatrick’s presentation will consider:

  • The reconstitution of property rights after the 2004 tsunami disaster in Indonesia.
  • Localised relocations as result of sea-level inundation in the Solomon Islands.

While in Townsville Daniel is keen to discuss potential collaboration with members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, particularly in relation to coastal community resilience in the face of natural disasters and sea-level rises.


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