Queen's University

Corrective Justice and Land

My SSHRCC-Insight grant funded project examines claims for corrective justice in cases where individuals and groups have been expelled from land that they previously occupied.

The first part of the project involves conceptual and normative analysis of the rights violated in cases of expulsion from land: individual (and/or group) rights to property; individual rights of residency; and group rights to collective self-determination within a territory. The normative dimension of the project aims to explicate the justificatory argument behind different kinds of rights.  This is essential for understanding what should be done to remedy rights-violations; which rights might be weakened over time; or the conditions under which new occupants can acquire rights.  The second part of the project applies this normative and conceptual analysis of different place-related rights to three cases where expulsions and expropriations have taken place.