Case Session 3: Extractives & Land Rights

Development requires materials and resources, which, investiably, are unevenly distributed around the world. Increased Chinese involvement in global resource extraction in recent years has precipitated a variety of challenges as local environmental laws and policies designed to protect local rights are often tested. Cases in this session will look at specific cases involving logging in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, resource extraction in Latin America, and bauxite mining in Ghana and Guinea.


  • Lela Stanley, Policy Advisor, Global Witness

  • Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente, Lecturer, Leiden University

  • Jingjing Zhang, Yale World Fellow ‘08; Lecturer in Law, Transnational Environmental Accountability Project, University of Maryland

  • Moderator: John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies