As a follow-up to the FAO-funded Southeast Asia study program, Landesa Myanmar was asked to conduct a study on how to harmonize land laws for the new National Land Law of Myanmar. Given the current political situation in Myanmar, Landesa and FAO pivoted to take a broader approach to this question by looking at comparative examples and best practices from across the region.
To provide an opportunity for practitioners to share their vast knowledge and experience, we convened a regional video workshop on land law harmonization with colleagues and partners from Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Participants exchanged experiences with conflicting legal instruments, approaches for harmonizing laws, and inclusive practices for consulting civil society.
The discussion was lively, with participants sharing challenges and comparing solutions across countries, often finding similarities in the biggest barriers to achieving harmonized legal frameworks. Participants requested that the conference become a regular gathering to discuss these questions in more depth, and to address other challenges facing land rights in the region. Landesa and FAO will produce the law harmonization study this month.