The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is planning a course on mining law to held the week of May 12, 2008 in the greater Denver area. The first three-day section will focus on global mining issues, and the following two-day section will examine U.S. mining law. The curriculum has been developed and will be taught by leading domestic and international mining law practitioners. Here is an outline of the course:

Introduction - An overview of the mining industry, tracking the development of a typical mining project from exploration through production and mine closure: Foundational Geology and Mineral Deposition; Mining and Processing Methods; Fundamentals of the Mining Business; Anatomy of a Typical Mining Project.

Mineral Tenure Systems –The concepts underlying various types of mining tenure systems, identifying the major issues that must be analyzed in a review of any of mineral tenure regime and matters of particular current interest to mining companies and governments: Foundations of Mining Law; Comparative Analysis of Various Civil and Common Law Mining Tenure Systems; Areas of Principal Concern to Mining Companies with Respect to Mineral Tenure.

Mining Agreements – Types of agreements frequently used in the mining industry, discussing key issues for each type of agreement. Model or specimen forms will be analyzed. Various negotiation styles and tactics will be discussed: Confidentiality Agreement; Letter of Intent - Memorandum of Understanding - Heads of Agreement; Mining Lease and Option; Exploration - Farm-In - Earn-In Agreement; Joint Venture Agreement (co-owner, LLC, shareholder, partnership); Mining Deed and other conveyance documentation; Royalty Agreement (reservation, creation, purchase - net or gross smelter, net profits, unit (mineral type-dependent) - minimum, advance - payment); Surface Use Agreement; Easement - Right-of-Way - License - Tolling Agreement; Finders Fee - Grubstake - Exploration Alliance Agreement.

Current Trends – The growing expectation of local communities, various iterations of the concept of corporate social responsibility, and the consequences of the rejection by certain countries of the neo-liberal economic model that has underlain mineral policy for the past several decades. The role of the lawyer in creating and implementing those responsibilities: Community Participation; Corporate Social Responsibility; Nationalization; Cross-Border Projects; Indigenous Peoples Rights; Role of Transnational Law.

United States Mining Law – The fundamental elements of U.S. mining law, the problems faced by industry operating under this 135 year old law, and the prospects for reform of the law: Origins and Classifications of Mineral Deposits (lodes and placers); Public Land Overview; Types of Property Interests; Federal Mining Law; Mine Safety and Heath Overview; Federal Mineral Leasing (Other than Oil and Gas); Mineral/Salable Materials; Interplay Between Locatable, Leaseable, and Saleable Minerals; Multiple Mineral Development Issues; Regulatory and Permitting Overview; Access Rights; Mineral Taxation Overview.

Contact Mark Holland, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation at for more information.