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Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development
Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development. Lessons from Latin America

Towards Regimes for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management—Constitutional Reform, Law and Judicial Decisions in Latin America

Ana Elizabeth Bastida and Luis Bustos

Abstract

This chapter examines mining legislation trends in Latin America. It focuses on the interpretation of the judicial decisions of the Constitutional Court of Colombia regarding conditions and processes for decision-making in the context of mining projects. The authors present an initial overview of the economic organisation and the sector legislation model adopted in Bolivia. The chapter anticipates a shift from sectoral regimes, which focus on exploration and exploitation, towards regimes for decision-making processes that mainstream constitutional principles and legal frameworks that apply to managing territories and their natural resources. The emphasis lies on reflecting on gaps in legal and institutional design and on corresponding challenges. This includes the need to strengthen the capacities of institutions and the actors that participate in decision-making processes to advance efforts aimed at furthering sustainable mineral resource management in the region.

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Editor's notes

Paperback reference: Batisda, A. E. and L. Bustos (2017, forthcoming) ‘Towards Regimes for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management—Constitutional Reform, Law and Judicial Decisions in Latin America’ in Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development: Lessons from Latin America, International Development Policy series No.9 (Geneva, Boston: Graduate Institute Publications, Brill-Nijhoff).

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Electronic reference

Ana Elizabeth Bastida and Luis Bustos, « Towards Regimes for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management—Constitutional Reform, Law and Judicial Decisions in Latin America », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 9.0 | 2017, Online since 28 May 2017, connection on 20 September 2017. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/2371 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.2371

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About the authors

Ana Elizabeth Bastida

is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Dundee. Ana Elizabeth Bastida specialises in law, policy and the governance of the environment and natural resources in the context of sustainable development.

Luis Bustos

is Associate Professor at the Universidad Externado de Colombia; along with an Attorney at Law from the Universidad Externado, Bustos holds an LL.M. in Mineral Law and Policy (Dundee, UK) and a Specialisation in Public Law, Political Science and Sociology (Externado, Colombia). Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the Universidad Panamericana de Mexico.

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