Karen M. Smith


In "Land Claims," Daniel Fitzpatrick presents a comprehensive and interesting view of the challenges facing the fledgling East Timorese government. He reviews the variety of competing land claims, from those of traditional occupiers of land in East Timor to the claims of Indonesian nationals following East Timor's bid for independence. In addition to giving a broad picture of the competing land claims situation, Mr. Fitzpatrick also illustrates individual situations, humanizing the problem for his readers. "Land Claims" is an interesting read for those interested not only in international law, including the laws of property and occupation, but also for those interested in the human issues arising from conflicts under those laws.