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Title:The legal history of public land in Liberia
Author:Stevens, Caleb J.
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of African Law (ISSN 0021-8553)
Volume:58
Issue:2
Pages:250-265
Language:English
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:land
public property
land rights
land acquisition
legislation
Abstract:This article demonstrates that there has never been a clear definition of public land in Liberian legal history, although in the past the government operated as if all land that was not under private deed was public. By examining primary source materials found in archives in Liberia and the USA, the article traces the origins of public land in Liberia and its ambiguous development as a legal concept. It also discusses the ancillary issues of public land sale procedures and statutory prices. The conclusions reached have significant implications for the reform of Liberia's land sector. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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