The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted in establishing Laos’ first ever civil code. It was enforced May 27, 2020. The document is an unofficial translation in English.
This paper seeks to assess the effectiveness of the existing legal framework to protect women’s land rights in the face of hydro power-driven resettlement in Laos PDR. Specifically, it seeks to answer the research question, “In Laos, how effective are the resettlement, land laws and policies and related safeguards at ensuring gender-equitable results?”