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Blockchain as a tool for land rights: ownership of land in Cyprus

Balkiz Yapicioglu (Department of Design, Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design, Kyrenia, Cyprus)
Rebecca Leshinsky (Department of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University City Campus, Melbourne, Australia)

Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law

ISSN: 2514-9407

Article publication date: 30 April 2020

Issue publication date: 22 July 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to set out an argument for the use of blockchain technology as a land registration tool, for Cyprus and other disputed land contexts, to assist with land disputes, which may, in turn, promote peace and harmony.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is exploratory in nature. It raises the historical and present land issues in Cyprus and highlights that blockchain technologies could work as a tool to record disputed property rights on the Island.

Findings

While there have been many pilots to date for blockchain land registration, there is still scope to develop blockchain as a tool to record land interests. Cyprus offers an exemplar opportunity to use such a tool to assist in developing peace on the Island.

Originality/value

While the paper is conceptual in its application of blockchain technologies, it is novel in that it strives to show how technologies such as blockchain can act as a tool to assist with land registration matters, which, in turn, can assist with new ways to approach the peace process. More research is necessary for this area of inquiry, especially as to how sidechains can act as a conduit for recording competing land interests and disputed land claims.

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Citation

Yapicioglu, B. and Leshinsky, R. (2020), "Blockchain as a tool for land rights: ownership of land in Cyprus", Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 171-182. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPPEL-02-2020-0010

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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