118 Railway Street, West Perth, AUSTRALIA
PO Box 3248, East Perth WA 6892, AUSTRALIA
John is a barrister (Western Australian Bar Association), mediator (National Mediator Accreditation System) and academic.
John advises and represents clients regarding resources issues in both litigious and non-litigious matters. John has considerable experience in contract drafting and disputes, mining applications, compensation obligations & structures, and occupational health & safety. His work has also covered mining regulation in advising regulators, mining companies, land owners, communities and non-government organisations. John has assisted various government agencies (in Australia and internationally) on mining law reform.
John is an adjunct academic with the Universities of Dundee (Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy) and Western Australia, Murdoch and Curtin. He researches and teaches in mining regulation and also on human rights and resources. John has published and presented on topics including human rights and business, mining regulation, climate change, Indigenous rights, minerals taxation, CSR regulation, and mining agreements. He has acted as a peer-reviewer for the Academy of Finland and for numerous publishers and academic journals.
John is a member of the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association, International Bar Association, International Law Association, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and Western Australian Bar Association. He undertakes extensive volunteer work including for the Environmental Defender’s Office of Western Australia Inc (volunteer lawyer), the Burma Lawyers’ Council (adviser & trainer), and a committee member of the WA Branch Committee (AMPLA), and Indigenous Issues Committee (Australian Bar Association). John is also a member of the Academic Network for the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises.
John is an accredited mediator (National Mediator Accreditation System), has an MBA (Mineral Resource Management, University of Dundee) and law degree (University of Western Australia). He previously worked with the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Land Council (Pilbara & Perth, Australia), Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (Dundee, Scotland), Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (Sydney, Australia) and Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Perth, Australia).
118 Railway Road, West Perth, AUSTRALIA
PO Box 3248, East Perth WA 6892, AUSTRALIA
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John Southalan’s Articles
This note summarises and provides links to various standards and processes about ‘due diligence’ in extractives operations. These include the responsible sourcing requirements of the London Metals Exchange, guides about the extractives sector from the OECD, the World...read more
Note summarising ‘Guiding Principles for Durable Extractive Contracts’ which were endorsed by the OECD Development Centre in February 2020 In February 2020 the OECD endorsed a framework, aimed at governments and investors, for the content and negotiation of...read more
WA’s Aboriginal Heritage Act has the stated aim to preserve Aboriginal heritage, but is used far more often for the opposite effect. This note details cases and events of the Act’s operation since 1972. Read blog on AusPubLaw...read more
Members of Resources Law Network provided a submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Resources Sector Regulation. The submission emphasised the need for increased awareness and use of international standards and materials in Australian resource...read more
Western Australia uses parliamentary-approved contracts to regulate many large resources projects. A 2015 report examined the pros and cons of this form or regulation Parliaments and Mining Agreements: Reviving the Numbed Arm of Government. The report summarised these...read more
This paper summarises two cases, currently underway, concerning parent company tortious liability for subsidiaries. In the United Kingdom, Zambian villagers are suing Vedanta Resources plc and in Canada, Eritrean citizens are suing Nevsun Resources Ltd. The paper...read more
International legal developments have increasing relevance for mining operations and mining law.read more
Book review (2013) of 'Criminological and legal consequences of climate change'. The collection is well edited by Profs Stephen Farrall and Duncan French, and Dr Tawhida Ahmed. They explain that the seminar and this book (1) examine climate change's consequences (both...read more
Members of Resources Law Network provided a submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Resources Sector Regulation. The submission identified issues regarding best-practice arrangements and urged a broadening scope of study. The full Resources Law Network...read more
MBA thesis (2010) on the implications of sustainable development for non-profit bodies.read more