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Course: Land Rights, Land Value Taxation and Commons Rent

Earth Rights has designed an online course and certificate training program providing registered individuals and groups the opportunity to learn the basics of land rights ethics, land value tax and commons rent public finance policy. The course currently has more than 900 people from 95 countries enrolled and many are either professionals in an area of land management, are affiliated with NGOs, or are university students. They are organized into class groups by country or special interest.  The course is offered in English and Spanish.

Our course promotes the recommendation of United Nations Habitat agency (UNCHS – UN Center for Human Settlements) action agendas and recommendations from all three global conferences starting with the founding Vancouver Action Plan to the 1996 Habitat II in Istanbul and the  2016 conference in Quito, Ecuador.

This online course was developed under the direction of Earth Rights Institute with funding from the Global Land Tool Network, the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, and the International Union for Land Value Taxation.



The five module online course enables direct interaction between the course student and experienced professionals who are experts in the field.  

Module One: Land Rights and Poverty

This module is an exploration of the theme of land rights, ethics and ownership.

Module Two: Land Prices and the Law of Rent

This module introduces the “law of land rent”, an in-depth analysis of the role of land under economic development and what happens to the distribution of wealth when land values increase.  With completion of the second module students will know how the enormous worldwide wealth divide is due in large part to fundamental injustice in the “people/planet” relationship.

Module Three: Land Value Taxation and Commons Rent

This module introduces a key public finance policy based on justice in land rights. Students learn how fundamental fairness in land tenure and taxation addresses a number of issues including provisioning affordable housing for all, funding infrastructure, helping to secure women’s rights, promoting land reform, and restoring and protecting the environment.

Module Four: Economics of War and Peace

This module details the dynamics of how - absent equitable rights to land resources - a war system develops and how land value tax / commons rent policy can be an important tool for resolution of conflicts over land and natural resources.

Module Five: Policy Implementation

This module first details how to mobilize citizen campaigns in support of this policy and how to work for implementation. Course participants are then introduced to specific elements of policy implementation, best practice methods of land valuation, and the use of information technology to promote understanding and transparency in policy implementation.


Additional material on the course website

  • A short two-page brochure and a long 20 page brochure overall analysis and analyses for 12 countries
  • several hundred quotes organized into categories including Economists, Philosophers, Statesmen, Land Ethic, Ancient Wisdom
  • A Land Value Tax Calculator which can illustrate the taxable capacity of land for a particular city or locality
  • A Forum with categories including Thematic, Classes and Geographic



The goal of the Earth Rights Institute Land Rights, Land Value Taxation and Commons Rent course is to educate people worldwide about this important economic policy, to provide the initial training for those who want to establish themselves as experts in this field, and to build movements in support of policy implementation.




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