TUCSON, Arizona – The James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona has created a global mining law centre, an interdisciplinary unit that will educate lawyers, miners and others involved with the huge and complex global mining industry.
The new centre also will support cutting edge research, assemble leaders from across the mining spectrum to foster productive dialogue, and create solutions that address pressing law and policy issues, promises the university. The planned curriculum includes specialty courses on the intellectual property of mining, water law, multinational taxation, mining workplace safety, and legal responsibility. The center will also draw on the law college's expertise in international trade and business law, human rights law, environmental law, and indigenous peoples law and policy.
Both degree and non-degree training opportunities will be available in residence and on line, including master's degrees with a mining law and policy focus for both lawyers (an LLM) and non-lawyers (an MLS). Certificate courses are available for executives, lawyers, managers, engineers, civic and community leaders, and government officials in the mining industry. A JD resident degree will also be awarded with a concentration and certificate in mining law and policy.
The centre is led by John Lacy, an alumnus of the college and professor of practice who has devoted his career to international mining transactions. He also is head of the natural resources practice group at the law firm of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy.
Mary Poulton, director of the UA's interdisciplinary Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources and former head of the highly ranked Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, is also on the centre's leadership team.
Visit the global mining law centre at law.Arizona.edu/global-mining-law-center.