Elisa Scalise

Affiliate Instructor




Elisa Scalise co-teaches the Legal Problems of Economic Development Seminar and Women, Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Professor Scalise is a co-founder of Resource Equity. She has over 10 years of experience working on analysis and reform on property rights to land for women and men, including formal and customary land tenure regimes, land administration, land tenure regularization, land institutions, dispute resolution mechanisms, forest land tenure, and communal property. She has also assessed the links between secure land tenure for women and economic empowerment, agricultural productivity, women's empowerment, natural resources management, conflict management and resolution, and social inclusion. Her work focuses on designing, implementing, and developing scalable models for innovative strategies that seek to address the gap between formal law and practice when it comes to women's land rights. She has worked on projects in Afghanistan, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, China, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Vietnam. She has published and presented widely on women's land rights around the world. Prof. Scalise received her JD, magna cum laude, from the Seattle University School of Law, a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1999, and her B.A. in Political Science & Women's Studies from Monash University, Australia, in 1998.

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