Spatial Dimension is pleased to announce that Professor Hanri Mostert will present the keynote address at the 2016 FlexiCadastre User Conference. Prof Mostert holds the SARCHI Chair for Mineral Law in Africa at the Department of Private Law, University of Cape Town (UCT).
Land is an emotive issue in Africa, perhaps made more so by the extraordinary mineral wealth that lies beneath it. One of the continent’s greatest paradoxes is the fact that the countries with the most mineral wealth are also often economically stagnant and politically unstable. Exploring – and attempting to resolve – complex issues such as these is a consistent theme in the work of Hanri Mostert, professor of private law and holder of a National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research (SARChI) Chair on Mineral Law in Africa.
Professor Hanri Mostert at Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town. Credit: Je’nine May
Prof Mostert and her team address knowledge disparities in Africa that have a negative impact on effective law and policy-making in relation to mineral and mining law in Africa. Their ground-breaking work is conducted through the Mineral Law in Africa (MLiA) project, which focuses on collaborative work with scholars from many African countries to promote in-depth research on the laws pertaining to extractives on the continent; and the Extractive Justice project, which involves a broader group of internationally based scholars and professionals with diverse expertise ranging from law, economics, politics, history and international relations to science and engineering.
Projects such as these that stretch across the continent have become hallmarks of Mostert’s mineral law-related work, which includes her team’s involvement in a World Bank project, the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA). This project aims to produce a comprehensive and electronic database of mineral law across the entire African continent. The AMLA platform aims to promote accessibility of information and transparency in the extractive sector.
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