The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the legal regime applicable to mining. The course will expose students to the following topic areas: constitutional and administrative law issues, ownership of mining land, allocation and transfer of mining rights, environmental law issues, native title, contracts, and judicial review.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the legal regime applicable to mining including relevant constitutional provisions.

2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the Mining Act, tenements, allocation of mining rights, environmental protection, and native title.

3. Apply acquired legal knowledge in solving practical problems by analyzing and applying decided cases.

4. Evaluate key policy debates and practice surrounding mining, environmental protection, native title, and administrative law.


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. The legal regime applicable to mining;
  2. Applicable domestic and international legal rules, their history and principles;
  3. Constitutional provisions and administrative law issues;
  4. Allocation and transfer of mining rights;
  5. Licenses and leases for exploration and prospecting;
  6. Native title;
  7. Environmental protection provisions and enforcement;
  8. Judicial review;
  9. Corporate governance for mining companies.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1001A and LAWS1001B

Assessment items

Essay: Research Essay

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution