Lawyers for Community Tenure
In October 2012, the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) organized a workshop on Legal Options to Secure Community Property Rights, which was held in Batangas, Philippines. At this meeting, 15 international participants with expertise and experience on community property rights came together to discuss i) best current legal practices in the recognition of collective property rights; ii) recognition of collective rights vis-à-vis individual or household rights; and iii) other relevant topics.
To take this dialogue forward, a second meeting was held on 2-4 December 2013 in Tagaytay City, Philippines to initiate discussion on the formation of a network of selected legal professionals with experience in promoting indigenous and other community based property rights.
The formation of a Community Tenure Rights Legal Reference Group was seen as an opportunity to enhance the reflection on the role of legal strategies to secure indigenous and other community based property rights to lands and resources, while also providing RRI Partners and Collaborators with a set of expertise on legal issues facing their work.
The Group is now officially named Lawyers for Community Tenure. Broadly, it is a global coalition of lawyers and advocates for securing community tenure. It serves as a legal reference group for the RRU, other networks and organizations as well as Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
The Ateneo de Manila University – School of Government (Quezon City, Philippines) is serving as the Group’s Secretariat for 2014.
Rights and Resources Initiative
RRI is a global coalition of 14 Partners and over 140 international, regional, and community organizations advancing forest tenure, policy, and market reforms. RRI leverages the strategic collaboration and investment of its Partners and Collaborators around the world by working together on research, advocacy and convening strategic actors to catalyze change on the ground.
RRI is coordinated by the Rights and Resources Group, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.rightsandresources.org.
Please note that the opinions, statements, and knowledge products of the Lawyers for Community Tenure do not necessarily belong to and/or reflect those of RRI, unless explicitly stated or signed on by the designated representatives.