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School of Law

SOLM166 Mining and Natural Resources Law (Not running 2021-22)

Module Description

This module covers the legal aspects of the mining industry. Mining companies also have to be aware of political considerations and the impact of the nationalisation cycle. The different stages of the mining industry will be reviewed from development, production and  remediation at the closure of the mine. Each phase requires certain licences and permits to proceed to the next stage. Some of the newer innovations of underwater mining will be looked at and the impact of the relevant provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Of particular interest, is the work of the International Seabed Authority and the regulations and recommendations it is making on prospecting in the sea.  Environmental considerations and corporate social responsibility standards will also be discussed. Finally, there will be a review of mining disputes, how they are resolved and their impact on the mining sector and the contracts negotiated.

Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law

Mode of Assessment

3,000-4,000 word essay

Credits

15 Credits