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Professor Hanri Mostert holds international colloquium on expropriation law in the Netherlands

1 Oct 2013 - 13:45

Professor Hanri Mostert organised a colloquium on expropriation law in the Netherlands, under the joint auspices of UCT and the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance. The colloquium took place from 26-28 September 2013 at the University of Groningen and attracted 22 experts in this field of law from all over the world. Countries represented at the colloquium include South Africa, the Netherlands, the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Israel, Poland, Italy, Germany, Australia and Ireland. A grant from the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Capacity (PERC) assisted with making possible the attendance of additional South African scholars.

The theme of the colloquium was 'Rethinking the Public Interest in Expropriation Law' and it focused on six broad topics in the field of expropriation, topics which are of significance not only for purposes of South African law but also for many other jurisdictions. The colloquium was very successful, and a follow-up gathering is planned in Rome next year from 25-28 September. The papers presented at this year's colloquium are to be published in a book edited by Prof Mostert and Prof Leon Verstappen (University of Groningen) entitled Rethinking the Public Interest Requirement in Expropriation Law.