Promoting participatory law-making for recognition of legitimate tenure rights
"Participatory law-making” is the process by which citizens actively contribute to policy advocacy and law-drafting. Citizen participation in law-making can improve the quality and legitimacy of policies and laws by ensuring that they reflect and protect the authentic interests of the national citizenry. In the field of land rights, participatory law-making can help ensure the recognition and protection of legitimate tenure rights. The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) call on states to develop relevant policies, laws and procedures through participatory processes that include men, women, Indigenous Peoples and members of marginalized groups. This legal brief outlines how governments and civil society may promote participatory law-making, details the positive impacts of such processes, and makes various recommendations designed to ensure that all citizen’s voices are heard during lawmaking processes.