Dr van der Sijde visited the University of Glasgow Law School for a two-week intensive research collaboration. The visit followed from a successful joint-application for a research grant by Dr Jill Robbie of the University of Glasgow together with Dr van der Sijde. Their project, entitled “Micro and Macro applications of the systemic constitutional approach to property regulation in the context of sustainability” was awarded funding by the John Robertson Bequest in February 2018.
The aim of the project was to explore the application of Dr van der Sijde’s methodology, as developed in her LLD dissertation, in contexts beyond that of South Africa. Specifically, Dr van der Sijde and Dr Robbie were interested in testing the applicability of the methodology on a national level (Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement) and global level (United Nations Voluntary Guidelines on the responsible tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security).
They hosted a research discussion for interested stakeholders at the University of Glasgow on 16 May 2018. The presentation was well attended and included a variety of legal experts, including constitutional lawyers, environmental lawyers as well as an economist, engineer, land commissioner and legal academics. Dr van der Sijde and Dr Robbie also had an opportunity to discuss their work with Dr Andrew Stevens of the Scotland Law Reform Commission on 17 May 2108, where the need for land reform in Scotland was further discussed and investigated. Dr van der Sijde and Dr Robbie will formally publish their findings in a peer-reviewed journal.”