Legal empowerment: a way out of poverty

Legal empowerment: a way out of poverty

Understanding the relationship between legal empowerment and poverty

This document analyses the relationship between legal empowerment and poverty. It is made up of six different articles which all present their respective views on the relationship between legal empowerment and poverty.


Professor Cheneval writes about the role the academic world can play in the post-Commission period. He underlines the importance of a sustained academic effort in order to bring both theory and practice one step further. Mr Langford, on the other hand, shows how civil society can be an active agent in securing a voice and rights for the most marginalised groups.

Further to this Hernando de Soto argues that regulations of most developing nation are so divorced from reality that they generate more costs than benefits, and create more obstacles than opportunities.

Olav Kjørven for his part recommends that the multilateral system at the global, regional and country levels must mobilize to make legal empowerment of the poor a core mission for the coming decades.

Moreover Siraj Sait points out that there are several problematic areas in relation to gender equality in Muslim societies but women’s land rights in Islam also offers opportunities. The Islamic land tools initiative is an early and underdeveloped stage with limited knowledge about existing tools, capacities or networks.

Finally Hans Sevatdal and Øystein Jakob Bjerva articles concludes by saying that land consolidation is a mechanism for easing the process of adjustment of property conditions, relative to prevailing and new forms of land use, management, technology, economic opportunities etc. From an economic point of view, one may say that the basic, underlying goal for land consolidation is to reduce the opportunity costs.