Land Administration in Ghana is characterized by multiple stakeholders made up of public institutional actors, customary landowners, private sector operators and individual land acquirers.

Multiplicity of customary rights over land juxtaposed against multiple legislative rules and regulations produces a veritable tinder box of disputes over land ownership, land boundaries, land rights and use.

The judiciary as the arbiters is expected to bring closure and certainty in such disputes. Recent research however suggests that court decisions rather appear to be accentuating disputes, distorting customary land rights, fueling land use planning distortions, encouraging encroachments on public lands and the use of self-help.

This presentation outlines some key observations from this ongoing research and the impacts on land administration in the capital city of Ghana Accra.