Land claims by smallholder farmers in Myanmar

Critical Asian Studies
Critical Asian Studies

'Are the Odds of Justice “Stacked” Against Them? Challenges and Opportunities for Securing Land Claims by Smallholder Farmers in Myanmar'

Artilce by ISS PhD researcher SieSue Mark in Critical Asian Studies (Volume 48, Issue 3, 2016).

In the article she discusses how smallholder farmers deal with so-called 'stacking' (multiple layers of laws that exist simultaneously, leading to conflicts and contradictions in the legal system) to defend themselves against land dispossession.

Her analysis considers how a stacked legal framework can be used to further disenfranchise farmers by elites, or on the contrary, by farmers to gradually reclaim  control through strategic political maneuvering.