Grad Power Hour: Temitayo Olarewaju

Thursday November 23, 2023
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Buchanan Tower, Room 997

Land Grabbing Encounters Forcible Displacement: Exploring Intersections, Implications, and Solutions

By: Temitayo Olarewaju

PhD Student in Peter A. Allard School of Law


Speaker Bio 

I research the land-migration nexus through the lens of international criminal law. This research area entails exploring the roles of land in precipitating migration. My research delves into the intricate relationship between land and migration, employing the framework of international criminal law to understand its complexities. By examining the roles of land in triggering migration, I explore how factors like resource scarcity and conflicts lead to displacement. My research aims to shed light on the legal dimensions of land-related migration, informing policies and strategies to address the challenges faced by affected communities worldwide.


This paper delves into the intricate relationship between land grabbing and forcible displacement, examining how land grabs frequently create social problems with significant consequences. By analyzing the case of alleged land grabbing in Dey Krahorm, Chamkarmorn district of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, this paper demonstrates how land grabs fall within the purview of the law prohibiting forcible displacement as a crime against humanity in the Rome Statute. The study emphasizes the need for a nuanced understanding of forcible displacement within national and international legal frameworks, particularly concerning land grabs involving indeterminate property rights.