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 extractives exploration and production contracts. The principles are expressed as relevant to all systems of granting petroleum and mineral exploration and production rights – whether by contractual regimes or legal systems of non-negotiable provisions. The purposes of the principles include promoting long-term sustainable development, while attracting and sustaining investment; providing mechanisms for changes in circumstances; and ensuring “a fair share for all parties to the contract and optimise the value from resource development through equitable, sustainable and mutually beneficial contracts and operations”. These principles should inform advice and analysis by Australian resources practitioners: of matters in Australia and regarding the involvement of Australian entities in other countries.

To download article, click here. Citation: Southalan, J, 2020. ‘Principles for Exploration and Extraction Rights’ 39(2) Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal 1-6.