Exploring the Limits of the Judicialization of Urban Land Disputes in Vietnam
January 1, 2011
Law and Society Review, Volume 45, No. 2, pp. 241-275, 2011
Economic and legal reforms have triggered waves of conflict over property rights and access to urban land in Vietnam. In this article I develop four epistemic case studies to explore the main precepts and practices that courts must negotiate to extend their authority over land disputes. Courts face a dilemma: Do they apply state laws that disregard community regulatory practices and risk losing social relevance, or apply community notions of situational justice that undermine rule formalism? I conclude that reforms designed to increase rule formalism in the courts may have the unintended consequence of reducing the capacity for judges to find lasting solutions to land disputes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: Property rights, court reform, socialist Asia, Vietnam, ChinaAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 13, 2012 ; Last revised: May 27, 2012
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