John Southalan is an Australian lawyer who works on issue of human rights and government management of mineral resources.
John has worked in private practice (Perth, Australia) for over 8 years in areas including occupational health and safety 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. He worked from 1998-2000 in Thailand, through the Australian Volunteers program, with NGOs and has done continuing work with a Burmese NGO since then including research & writing and also law and human rights training on the Thai-Burma border.
John also worked with an NGO and Australia's human rights commission in relation to indigenous land rights. This included considerable input into industry and governmental reviews about mining and indigenous rights, and also involvement in the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development process.
In 2012 Johns' book Mining Law and Policy: International Perspectives (ISBN 9781862878495) was published by The Federation Press.
OGEL 4 (2011) - Resource Development and Indigenous People