118 Railway Street, West Perth, AUSTRALIA
PO Box 3248, East Perth WA 6892, AUSTRALIA
John is a barrister in the Western Australian Bar Association. He 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.
John is a member of the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association, International Bar Association, International Law Association, Law Society of Western Australia, 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. He has acted as a peer-reviewer for the Academy of Finland and for numerous publishers and academic journals.
John holds a law degree from the University of Western Australia and MBA in Mineral Resource Management from the University of Dundee. 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
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
International law imparts increasing significance to the concept of ‘free prior informed consent’ (FPIC) of Indigenous communities. International standards and jurisprudence emphasise that impacts on an Indigenous community should not occur without that community’s...read more
Three publications were issued in 2018 about the regulation and future of the extractives sector, by the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments. This article summarises the contents of these documents and examines implications. These include the advances made...read more
This paper outlines the current state of free prior informed consent (FPIC) at the international level, examines some common difficulties, and then describes Australian domestic law regarding these issues.read more
Article published in February 2019 in 46/1 Brief p6-11read more
Article examining the relationship between a state’s taxation of mineral revenues and human rights obligationsread more
Federation Press book explaining the key legal issues in the regulation of mining Explains the key legal issues in the regulation of mining. The book starts with an overview of the mineral sector and broader forces which influence (and are impacted by) mineral...read more