Resources Joint Ventures

Subject LAWS70210 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: The total class time is between 24 and 26 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available




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Subject Overview:

The exploitation of mineral and petroleum resources involves substantial risk. Resources joint venture provides a commercial opportunity to manage this risk. The resources joint venture is a particular legal relationship: an association of persons (natural or corporate) to engage in a common undertaking to generate a product to be shared among the participants. Management of the undertaking is divided: the participants determine some matters by agreement at the outset of the relationship; the power to determine other matters is vested in a committee on which the participants are represented and entitled to vote; a manager (or operator) is appointed by the participants to conduct agreed activities, on their behalf, within the scope of the common undertaking (exploration, development production). This subject examines the legal issues involved in this relationship, together with ancillary transactions (such as farmouts). In doing so, it considers the capacity of the common law to respond to commercial imperatives. It also evaluates the effectiveness of legal documentation employed in establishing the joint venture relationship.

The lecturer, a former Dean of Melbourne Law School, has published extensively in the fields of energy and resources law and served as President for the Australian Mineral and Petroleum Law Association.

Principal topics will include:

  • Concessions, licences and production sharing agreements
  • Farmouts
  • Joint ventures and operations
  • Unit development
  • The operator/manager
  • Fundamentals of contract law
  • Assignment
  • Liability
  • Default
  • Disclosure and confidentiality
  • Sole risk
  • Termination
  • Codification

A student who has successfully completed this subject should:

  • Understand the law relating to selected project structures and transactions relating to natural resource operations in Australia and overseas
  • Be familiar with the structure and content of the legal documentation employed in those project structures and transactions.

10,000 word research paper (100%)(30 April) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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