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University of Richmond
Property Rights, development, migration, post-conflict, customary law, land rights, ethnic conflict, women
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About Me

Expertise in the areas of legal institutions, property rights (under customary and public law), land tenure, migration and gender.  My work has been used in assisting various organizations and governments in redefining law, courts and their land tenure systems, it has provided insight on customary institutions, legal development and property rights in post-conflict settings.  I have worked professionally in Kosovo, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Vietnam.  I have experience in qualitative research methods such as interviews and focus groups in addition to quantitative statistical analysis, and GIS using ArcMap.

Recent Publications

Joireman, Sandra F. and Laura M. Yoder, “A Long Time Gone: Post-conflict Rural Property Restitution under Customary Law,” Development and Change, 47(3), 2016.


Joireman, Sandra F., “External Conditionalities and Institutional Change: constructing constituencies for the rule of law in Kosovo,” East European Politics & Societies 0888325415593631, first published on July 3, 2015 as doi:10.1177/0888325415593631


Joireman, Sandra F., “Aiming for Certainty: The Kanun, Blood Feuds and the Ascertainment of Customary Law,“ The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 46(2), 2014, pp. 235-248.


Joireman, Sandra F. and Jason Brown, “Property: Human Right or Commodity?” Journal of Human Rights,12(2), 2013, pp. 165-179.


Joireman, Sandra F., Adam Sawyer and Juliana Wilhoit, “A Different Way Home: Resettlement Patterns in Northern Uganda,” Political Geography, 31(4), 2012, 197-204.


Joireman, Sandra F., Where There is No Government: Enforcing Property Rights in Common Law Africa, (New York: Oxford University Press), 2011.

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Kosovo, Uganda, Liberia,

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