Mining Law Summit

Fifth Annual Mining Law Summit 
November 6, 2020
University of Arizona Law

New Frontiers in Community Engagement and Sustainable Development of Mineral Resources

Sponsored and hosted by The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Global Mining Law Program and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.


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The 2020 Mining Law Summit addresses the need of mineral developers to effectively respond to the concerns of communities impacted by operations. This free virtual conference will combine recorded presentations from internationally recognized authorities with live participation in answering questions and providing commentary. The conference will begin by looking at the nature of minerals needed for the modern world, the impact of controls through financial mechanisms, industry initiated standards for responsible mining, a survey of current successes and failures and will conclude with the use of social media to directly address community concerns.

9–9:10 a.m. 


Marc Miller, Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law


John Lacy, Director, Global Mining Law Center, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law


9:10–10:20 a.m.            TOPIC 1: Minerals to Meet the Needs of the New World

The evolving need for new and alternative uses of existing commodities has presented challenges and new opportunities to mining professionals. This topic will be a discussion of the technical aspects of these commodities chaired by Mary Poulton, Emeritus Professor of Mining and Geological Engineering, and Co-Director of the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources and will include David Hammond, independent consultant, and Jaeheon Lee, Associate Professor of Mining and Geological Engineering–Extractive Metallurgy at The University of Arizona..

10:20–10:35 a.m.          QUESTIONS on Topic 1


10:35–11:20 a.m.          TOPIC 2: Responsible Mining and the Green Energy Transition

Daniele La Porta, Senior Mining Specialist, World Bank Group; Travis Lowder, Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Lab; Perrine Toledano, Head: Extractive Industries, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment interviewed by Kristi Disney Bruckner, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG) and Ashley Smith-Roberts, Senior Director, SDSG. This panel will focus on strategies to ensure that increased demand for mineral production for clean energy technologies is met in a manner that is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


11:20–11:45 a.m.          QUESTIONS on Topic 2


11:45 a.m.–12 p.m.     Break


12–12:35 p.m.    TOPIC 3: The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance

The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) is a multi-stakeholder effort that has been working across diverse stakeholder groups since 2006 to define “responsible mining,” culminating in the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining. IRMA offers independent third-party validation and certification of mining projects against the IRMA Standard to help mines achieve best practices, and to share this value with businesses that purchase materials from these mines. This discussion with Aimee Boulanger, Executive Director of IRMA, will focus on best practices IRMA has identified for community engagement and participation throughout a mining project; key opportunities for mining companies to align actions with the SDGs; and lessons learned for the mining sector and its contributions to sustainable development through the COVID-19 pandemic. This interview will be co-facilitated by Kristi Disney Bruckner, Executive Director, SDSG, and Ashley Smith Roberts, Senior Director, SDSG.


12:35–12:50 p.m.    QUESTIONS on Topic 3


12:50–1:30 p.m.      Break for virtual lunch


1:30–2:30 p.m.        TOPIC 4: Current Developments

Recent successes and failures in community engagement provide insights for improving practice. Melissa Sanderson, retired Director of International Affairs for Freeport Minerals, and Cassie Boggs, retired general counsel for Resource Capital Funds, will provide their insights from activities in Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, Peru, Armenia, Tanzania, the Dominican Republic and Australia.


2:30–2:45 p.m.        QUESTIONS on Topic 4


2:45–3:50 p.m.        TOPIC 5: Technical Panel: Use of Technology, Social Media, and Research on the Impacts of New Mine Technologies to Respond to Community Concerns

This panel explores use of technology and innovative research to identify social, economic, and environmental concerns, and to better understand how technological advances at mine sites may impact and benefit communities. Flaviano Bianchini, Founder and Executive Director of Source International, will discuss how this nonprofit organization brings technology and training to communities around mines to help them monitor and report on air and water quality. Trevor Jones, founder of Lynx Global Intelligence, will discuss how his company collects and uses public data to monitor risks to a mining company’s Social License to Operate. Isabelle Ramdoo, Deputy Director of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will discuss findings of the New Tech, New Deal project that explores disruptions and technological innovations in mining. This interview will be co-facilitated by Kristi Disney Bruckner, Executive Director, SDSG, and Ashley Smith Roberts, Senior Director, SDSG.


3:50–4:15 p.m.        QUESTIONS on Topic 5


4:15–4:45 p.m.        GENERAL DISCUSSION

Discussion with presenters and the organizing committee, and responses to any remaining questions from registrants






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Updated 10/30/2020

The event is over and registration is closed.


Using Zoom, the 2020 Summit format will include:

  • substantive presentations previously recorded;
  • discussion by the organizing committee following each presentation with the presenter(s) who can be available live to respond;
  • registrant-submitted questions via the Zoom chat feature; and
  • a live wrap-up discussion between the registrants, the organizing committee and the available speakers, including any chat questions that have not been addressed.


Aaron Cosbey, et al, Mining a Mirage? Reassessing the Shared-Value Paradigm in Light of the Technological Advances in the Mining Sector, International Institute for Sustainable Development and Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. 2016. Access at:

Kirsten Hund, Daniele La Porta, et al, Minerals for Climate Action: The Mineral Intensity of the Clean Energy Transition, World Bank Group. 2020. Access at:

Tsisilile Igogo, Travis Lowder, and Jill Engel-Cox, Integrating Clean Energy into Mining Operations: Opportunities, Challenges, and Enabling Approaches. Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis. 2020. Access at:

Nicolas Maennling, Perrine Toledano, The Renewable Power of the Mine: Accelerating Renewable Energy Integration, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. 2018. Access at:

Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, United Nations Development Programme, World Economic Forum. 2016. Access at:

Mining and the SDGs: a 2020 Status Update, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Responsible Mining Foundation. 2020. Access at:


Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA):

IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining:

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF):

IGF New Tech, New Deal Project:

Lynx Global Intelligence:

Source International:

World Bank Climate-Smart Mining: Minerals for Climate Action Project:



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Updated 12/3/2020