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Rent and the City’ is a small series of events hosted at the Amsterdam Center for Transformative Private Law in 2021/22 that intends to offer a forum for conversations on the role of law in fostering (or precluding) access to housing in global cities, at the boundaries of law, political economy, finance and activism. ‘Rent’ in the series title hints at two dimensions which have recently been the object of much debate and controversy: the rental of housing units for residential or leisurely purpose, on the one hand; and the financialisation of real estate in large cities, on the other hand. With an expected 68% of the world population projected to settle in urban areas by 2050, big city housing will be a rising policy concern for the future, bringing an array of legal fields from private law to human rights to the table. The series will be continued on January 31 with a keynote by Leilani Farha, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. Her talk will be titled ‘The human right to housing – Local and global struggles’.

Event details of Rent and the City III
Date 31 January 2022
Time 16:00 -17:30

Session III

About Session III

This third session of ‘Rent and the City’ will feature a keynote by Leilani Farha, Global Director of “The Shift” and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing (2014-2020) entitled, “The Human Right to Housing – Global and Local Struggles.” The keynote will be followed by three comments and perspectives by:

• Anna Koolstra, Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations – Housing and Spatial Planning – Rental Policy

• Prof Richard Ronald, Chair of Political and Economic Geographies, UvA

• Dr Klaas H Eller, Amsterdam Center for Transformative Private Law

This event will be moderated by Dr Candida Leone, ACT.


This event will be held online. Please register via the link below. You will receive the zoom link for the meeting in your confirmation email.