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Mining's legislative balancing act

The word ‘discretion’ cropped up more than a few times at the recent World Initiative of Mining Lawyers (WIOML) conference in France. A mining code with too much could lead to countries scuppering billions of dollars of investment; too little and their mineral riches could be abused by unscrupulous companies.

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Al Gourley presented the first full iteration of the model mining code at the event in France

This is a perception and balancing act WIOML members and the organisation's model mining code (MMC) has been battling with ever since inception.