MINING & ENERGY
Minerals, construction material and energy sources have enabled the development of all modern societies. From stone building to energy production – and all the tools and equipment needed for human activity – mining provides the basics for modern economies and development. Parties’ rights and responsibilities in relation to exploration and mining are effected through laws and regulations and through contracts between parties for major developments.
Members of the Resources Law Network have expertise in mining, energy and petroleum matters with particular areas of experience including: infrastructure agreements, contractual disputes, administrative law and decision-making, land access, law-reform and regulation, environmental protection and management, farm-in arrangements, occupational health and safety, and resources-law training and teaching.
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
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
Clarifying the Current Role of a social licence in its legal and political context: An examination of mining in Western Australia
Journal article examining how the social licence to operate (SLO) concept operates in practice in the context of mining Western Australia, in comparison to legal and political licences.read more
International legal developments have increasing relevance for mining operations and mining law.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
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
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
Paper on state agreements presented to Legalwise ‘Mining Agreements Intensive’ (28 March 2018)A State Agreement is the legislative approval of a contract between the executive government and a company to build/operate a specified development. Most State Agreements...read more