Global Mining Law Program

“Educating lawyers on mining issues, and miners on legal issues.”
                                                ~ Chuck Jeannes, President & CEO, Goldcorp

The Arizona Law Global Mining Law program fosters productive dialogue, research, and training in global mining and natural resources law and development.

The University of Arizona commands unparalleled interdisciplinary expertise in issues related to global mining and natural resources. The James E. Rogers College of Law houses one of the nation’s top faculties in the areas of international trade and business law, human rights law, environmental law, and indigenous people’s law and policy, as well as substantial expertise in the areas of intellectual property law, labor law, public land law, sustainability, water law, and law and development. The Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources advances scientific, technological, and educational aspects of mineral discovery, extraction and processing, including the environmental and societal issues that accompany these processes. The University of Arizona’s new Global Mining Law program builds on the breadth of this expertise as the foundation to a preeminent research and educational center in mining law and policy, and a major campus partner to the planned UA International School of Mining and Energy Resources (ISoMER).
The Global Mining Law program provides training to both lawyers and non-lawyers from around the globe, engages in cutting-edge research on issues related to all aspects of global mining law and policy, fosters productive dialogue among various stakeholders in the mining and natural resources sector, and develops innovative real-world solutions to law and policy issues of importance to mining, natural resource, and energy development. Ideally located in southern Arizona, a region rich in mining industry and leaders in natural resources, the program offers a variety of degree and non-degree training opportunities, including:

  • Master’s degrees with a Mining Law and Policy focus for both lawyers (an LLM) and non-lawyers (an MLS)—both  offered online and in-residence.
  • A concentration and certificate in Mining Law and Policy as part of the JD degree.
  • Certificate courses, including online programs, for those involved in mining-related work, including executives, lawyers, managers, engineers, and government officials.
  • Executive education, annual conferences, and workshops for those involved in mining and energy developments.


  • UA offers more than 44 faculty in 23 different disciplines across 10 colleges in fields related to mineral resources research.
  • LLM and MLS course offerings available online beginning in the fall 2016 semester.
  • When fully functional, the Global Mining Law program will train hundreds of legal and mining professionals worldwide each year.
  • The program offers at least one annual international conference for mining professionals, and a robust speaker series.

For more information:
(520) 621-1498