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John Southalan

Adj/Prof John Southalan

Adjunct Professor
Adjunct and Honorary Staff (Law School)

Contact details
Adjunct and Honorary Staff (Law School)
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3837
John Southalan is an Australian lawyer who has practised in commercial and human rights areas since the early 1990s. He worked originally with Corrs Chambers Westgarth including on occupational health and safety matters in the resources sector, commercial disputes between gas & mining companies, and general commercial litigation. Since 1998, John has mainly worked in relation to human rights and rule of law issues. After two years in Thailand, through the Australian Volunteers program, he has continued occasional volunteer work with the Burma Lawyers Council including research and writing and also law/human rights training on the Thai-Burma border. John has worked for over seven years in relation to Indigenous land rights. This involves advice and court work, and he has had considerable input into industry and governmental reviews about mining and indigenous rights. John writes on various topics including resource taxation and management, indigenous land rights law, the common law, and combatting impunity.
Key research
Human rights, resources law, native title, regulation.
J Southalan, 2016. ‘Human rights and business lawyers: the 2011 watershed’ 90(12) Australian Law Journal 889-907
J Southalan & others, 2015. Parliaments and Mining Agreements: Reviving the Numbed Arm of Government (International Mining for Development Centre)
J Southalan, 'Parliamentary-ratified agreements in the resources sector' in K Dharmananda and L Firios (eds), Long Term Contracts (Federation Press, 2013)
J Southalan, 'Climate change, law, and criminology' (2013) Advance publication OGEL J (Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intel-ligence)
J Southalan, Mining law and policy: international perspectives (Federation Press, 2012)
J Southalan, 'Common Law v Human rights: Which Better Protects Freedoms?' (2011) Dec 2011 Brief 10
J Southalan, K Culotta and A Fallon, 'Indigenous People and Resources Development - A Rapidly Changing Legal Landscape' (2011) 4 Oil, Gas & Energy Law
J Southalan, 'What are the implications of human rights for minerals taxation?' (2011) 36 Resources Policy 214
K Dharmananda and J Southalan, 'Examining the Grammar of Investment Treaty Arbitration: Past Imperfect, Future Tense' (3rd Biennial Conference 2011)
J Southalan, 'Authorisation of native title claims - problems with a "Claim Group Representative Body"' (2010) 29 Australian Resources & Energy LJ 49
J Southalan, 'Book review: The Native Title Market' (2010) 11 The New Critic
J Southalan, 'Australian Indigenous-resource Developments: Martu People v Reward Minerals' (2009) 27 J Energy & Natural Resources L 671
J Southalan, 'CSR, the environment, and false advertising laws' (CSR and Our Planet session: Annual IBA Conference 2008)
J Southalan, Mineral Econonics for Non-Industry Players (Aurora Project, 2008)
J Southalan and K Dharmananda, 'Hurdles for the judiciary: the application of the Beijing Principles in Australia' (Law and Public Policy: Taming the Unruly Horse? 2007)
J Southalan, 'Burma and the common law? An uncommon question' (2006) 10 Thailand Law Journal
J Southalan, 'Impunity and Judicial Independence' (2004) 17 Legal Issues on Burma J 40
J Southalan, 'John Doe & Others -v- Unocal Corporation & Others: U.S. Court Decision Confirms Human Rights Abuses of Ruling Junta' (2002) 13 Legal Issues on Burma J 1
J Southalan, 'Military regime to establish base on Mars...or a human rights commission' (2000) 5 Legal Issues on Burma J 47
Funding received
International Mining for Development Centre (2013-2014)
Nuffield Foundation (2009)
Spanish (fair)
Law Society of Western Australia, International Bar Association, Rocky Mountains Mineral Law Foundation, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
Human Rights, Mining and Petroleum
Co-teaches (with Kanaga Dharmananda SC) International Investment in Mineral Resources: Structures, Treaties, and Disputes
Current external positions
Barrister (WA Bar)
Global Faculty (Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee)
Board Member (Centre for Native Title Anthropology, Australian National University)
Contributing Author (LexisNexis)
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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