Mineral Law

Subject LAWS70268 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: The total class time is between 24 and 26 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

The pre-teaching period commences four weeks before the subject commencement date. From this time, students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from Melbourne Law School. Refer to the Reading Guide for confirmation of which resources need to be read and what other preparation is required before the teaching period commences.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit: www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


For more information:

Email: law-masters@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 6190
Website: www.law.unimelb.edu.au/masters

Subject Overview:

Mineral resources have shaped Australia‘s history, economy, society and environment for more than 150 years, and continue to do so. The exploitation of these resources involves governments, as proprietors and regulators, together with private enterprise, as explorers and developers. The complex relationship between governments and private enterprise provides the central theme of the subject. Australia‘s federal system of government adds to the complexity of that relationship. The subject begins by identifying fundamental legal principles of mineral exploration and production that transcend jurisdictional boundaries. It then examines the application of these principles in statutory title regimes in selected Australian jurisdictions. The Australian approach to these matters is considered in the international context of foreign mineral regimes.

Principal topics will include:

  • Foundations of mineral law
  • Property in minerals
  • Statutory titles
  • Security of title
  • Dealings and registration
  • Government royalties
  • Private royalties
  • Access to land
  • State agreements
  • Uranium
  • Foreign regimes
  • Case study 1: Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (Vic)
  • Case study 2: Mining Act 1978 (WA)
  • Case study 3: Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld).
Learning Outcomes:

A student who has successfully completed this subject should:

  • Understand the law relating to mineral exploration and production in Australia
  • Be familiar with the statutory regimes governing mineral exploration and production in selected Australian jurisdictions
  • Be able to apply the relevant law to problems arising in relation to mineral exploration and production in Australia
  • Understand the law relating to mineral exploration and production in selected foreign jurisdictions.
  • Take-home examination (50%)
  • 5,000 word research paper (50%) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator
Prescribed Texts:

Core subject materials will be provided free of charge to all students. Some subjects require further texts to be purchased. Details regarding any prescribed texts will be provided prior to the commencement of the subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: www.law.unimelb.edu.au/subject/LAWS70268/2014

This subject has a quota of 30 students. Please refer to the website www.law.unimelb.edu.au/masters/courses-and-subjects/subjects/subject-timing-and-format for further information about the management of subject quotas and waitlists.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Tailored Specialisation

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