Bastida et al - International and Comparative Mineral Law and Policy

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Transparency and Accountability

Policy, Legal and Contractual Framework

Sector Organization and Institutions

Fiscal Design and Administration

Revenue Management and Distribution

Sustainable Development

Bastida, E., Wälde, T., Warden-Fernandez, J.,(eds.) International and Comparative Mineral Law and Policy: Trends and Prospects ( The Hague, The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, 2005)

This book seeks to understand the current trends and developments in mineral law and policy at the international, regional and national levels. It addresses specific issues faced in the mining industry - ranging from environmental considerations, improved governance, social development and local communities engagement in the mining process - from an interdisciplinary perspective with a view to providing policy responses to these current challenges.

To that end, the editors divide the book into three major chapters. Chapter 1 discusses – from an international and comparative perspective - the current trends in legal regimes applicable to the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources, while at the same time a look is taken at the regulatory framework affecting global mining investment and mineral resource development.

Chapter 2 explores the challenges encountered in contemporary mining policy, and also seeks to understand the roles and interests of the key players involved in mining industry: governments, miners, landowners and local communities. Special emphasis has been placed on a mining approach that seeks sustainable development and recognizes the right of local and indigenous communities in the decision making process.

Finally, Chapter 3 provides an overview of regional perspectives on contemporary developments in mineral law and policy. Several mining legal frameworks are analyzed. These comprise mining legislations from North America, Latin America, Australia, Africa, Former Soviet Union and Asia. The book ends by looking at mining regulations and directives within European Community.

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