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Land Management and Human Rights

Bergen University College invites to a seminar about Land management and human rights. The seminar will focus on issues concerning how human rights can be affected by Land Use Planning and Land administration. Land tenure and functioning systems for registration of land are important infrastructure for people. The seminar will look into challenges in systems in countries from different parts of the world.


Monday September 8

0900     Glossary of terms
             Helge Nysæter and Leiv Bjarte Mjøs
1000     Music by Stein Bakke and Anne Kristine Wallace Turøy
1015     Land Administration Systems: Underpinning the Human Rights Perspective
             Stig Enemark, Aalborg University, FIG president 2006-2010
1100     Land Tenure and Human Rights
             Mark Goodale, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
1145     Discussion
1200     Lunch
1300     Land Administration and Human rights in Norway
             Magnar Danielsen, Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation
1345     Boundary registration systems – who determine the boundaries?
             Norway and Denmark, Leiv Bjarte Mjøs, Bergen University College
             Sweden, Austria, England and Wales, Kristin Land, Lantmäteriet, Sweden
1430     Coffee and refreshments
1500     Land disputes, a comparative study between Bolivia and Norway
             Mark Goodale
1545     End of Day 1

Tuesday September 9

0900    Music by Stein Bakke and Anne Kristine Wallace Turøy
0915    The Torrens system and the role of land surveyors in Australia
            John Parker, Former Surveyor General – Victoria, Australia
1000    From measurement to management – the role of the land surveyors
            Stig Enemark
1045    Land consolidation in Norway in an international perspective
            Per Kåre Sky, Bergen University College
1130    Discussion
1200    Lunch
1300    Possibilities for international experience for students
            Siri Linn Ektvedt, Kartverket
1345    Registration of land - an overview of different systems
            Kristin Land, Lantmäteriet
1430    Registration of land in the Nordic countries – a comparative study
            Per Ove Røkke, Kartverket
1515    Land registration in Norway – compared to other countries – a summary
            Leiv Bjarte Mjøs
1545    End of seminar

Foreign presenters:

John Parker is former Surveyor General of Victoria, Australia. He is now retired while still providing consulting services to organisations, governments, UN and World Bank in geographical names, land administration and quality management. He was formerly Chair of FIG Commission 1 for Professional Practice.

Stig Enemark is professor of Land management at the Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark. He has professional knowledge and expert skills in the areas of cadastre, land administration, land management and spatial planning. He served as President of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) 2007‐2010, see: www.fig.net/council/president_enemark.htm. He works as an expert advisor for UN and World Bank, and his publications are well known for land surveyors all over the world.

Mark Goodale is an anthropologist, sociolegal scholar, and social theorist. He is currently professor and chair of cultural and social anthropology at the University of Lausanne and Series Editor of Stanford Studies in Human Rights. He is former professor of Conflict Analysis and Anthropology at George Mason University. Before coming to George Mason, he was the first Marjorie Shostak Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology at Emory University. He is the author or editor of eight books, including, Human Rights at the Crossroads (Oxford University Press, 2012), Human Rights: An Anthropological Reader (Blackwell, 2009) and The Practice of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

In Norway we know him from “Eiendomskonferansen”. He was keynote speaker in 2006 (“Land Tenure and Human Values,”) and in 2000 (“Land Disputes and Dispute Resolution: Examples from the United States and Bolivia,”).

For more information: http://www.mark-goodale.com/ and http://www.unil.ch/actu/home/menuguid/nouveaux-professeurs/professeurs-2014/goodale-mark.html

Kristin Land has been working for Lantmäteriet in Sweden since 2000. After a start as a local cadastral surveyor, various national and international positions have followed within research and development. She holds a MSc degree in Surveying and a PhD degree in Real Estate Science, both from Lund University. Her specialization is on legal aspects of cadastre and land administration; the PhD thesis (2008) deals with boundary issues and the prospect of a legal coordinated cadastre in Sweden. Her missions abroad include consultancies in Africa and Eastern Europe, and she is a delegate to FIG Commission 7.