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Land Rights and Expropriation in Ethiopia


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Daniel W. Ambaye
    Pages 1-26
  3. Daniel W. Ambaye
    Pages 27-92
  4. Daniel W. Ambaye
    Pages 93-147
  5. Daniel W. Ambaye
    Pages 149-167
  6. Daniel W. Ambaye
    Pages 169-195
  7. Daniel W. Ambaye
    Pages 197-243
  8. Daniel W. Ambaye
    Pages 245-262
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 263-282

About this book


This thesis provides a new approach to the Ethiopian Land Law debate. The basic argument made in this thesis is that even if the Ethiopian Constitution provides and guarantees common ownership of land (together with the state) to the people, this right has not been fully realized whether in terms of land accessibility, enjoyability, and payment of fair compensation in the event of expropriation.

Expropriation is an inherent power of the state to acquire land for public purpose activities. It is an important development tool in a country such as Ethiopia where expropriation remains the only method to acquire land. Furthermore, the two preconditions of payment of fair compensation and existence of public purpose justifications are not strictly followed in Ethiopia. The state remains the sole beneficiary of the process by capturing the full profit of land value, while paying inadequate compensation to those who cede their land by expropriation. Secondly, the broader public purpose power of the state in expropriating the land for unlimited activities puts the property owners under imminent risk of expropriation.


Ethiopian Constitution Ethiopian Land Law Debate Expropriation Procedures Land Rights Land Tenure Valuation and Compensation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Land Administration (ILA)Bahir Dar UniversityBahir DarEthiopia

About the authors

Dr. Ambaye has been teaching and researching in the Institute of land Administration and the Law School of Bahir Dar University for several years. He wrote many conference papers and journal articles focusing on land issues in Ethiopia. In 2013, he published a textbook, Ethiopian Land Law, that is widely used by post and undergraduate students and practitioners.

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