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DS Study on Land Acquisition Law and Practice in Myanmar (May 2015)

DS has just completed a 70-page legal study examining Land Acquisition and Practice in Myanmar. This in-depth survey is based on DS’s many years working on land issues in the country, and it minutely analyses areas of Myanmar land acquisition laws against the comparatively strong provisions found in the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Performance Standards 1 and 5, the latter of which outlines rules on Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement when the IFC engages with client companies investing in locations potentially involving land acquisition measures. Given Myanmar’s lengthy and controversial practices of land acquisition – both historical and present – the Study aims to assist companies to comply in full with the far more stringent IFC standards and, in turn, ensure that investments do not lead either to arbitrary land confiscation nor to any additional violations of the rights possessed by those living on affected land.

Land issues remain front and centre in the political reform process in Myanmar, and DS continues to be deeply involved on these issues through the work of its Myanmar HLP Initiative. If you would like to learn more about this and other projects we are engaged with in Myanmar, please contact DS at

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