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  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 285A, Old Economics and Commerce Building, Crawley campus

    6009 Perth


  • 5 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Personal profile


Joe Fardin is a mining and Indigenous land rights lawyer. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology), and a Master of Laws with Distinction from the University of Dundee. He has extensive experience in the litigated, arbitral, regulatory reform, and policy development aspects of Indigenous land ownership and mining laws, and the relationship between the two. He has a particular interest in the unique issues surrounding the tripartite interaction between industry, government and Indigenous interests in the minerals industry. To this end he has advised clients in Australia and internationally on land access and mineral sector agreement making from within governments, law firms, NGOs and IGOs and as a consultant. He is now engaging with these issues in his role as Associate Director, Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law at the University of Western Australia.

Funding overview

International Mining for Development Centre (2014-2015)

Previous positions

Admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia

Teaching overview

Regulatory Theory
Mining and Energy Law
Property Law
Indigenous Peoples and the Law


Mining law
Native title
Customary law


  • Mining law
  • Native title
  • Regulation

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 5 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Other output
  • 1 Other book

Co-designing Benefits Management Structures

Murray, I., Fardin, J. & O'Hara, J., 8 Aug 2019, Perth: UWA Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law. 314 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther book

Open Access
International law
Decision making
group decision
3 Citations (Scopus)

Law, land and what lies beneath: exploring mining impacts on customary law and cultural heritage protection in Ghana and Western Australia

Apoh, W., Wissing, K., Treasure, W. & Fardin, J., 16 May 2017, In : African Identities. 15, 4, p. 367-386 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

land law
cultural heritage
2 Citations (Scopus)

From Mabo to Obuasi: mining, heritage and customary law in Ghana and Western Australia

Treasure, W., Fardin, J., Apoh, W. & Wissing, K., 2016, In : JOURNAL OF ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW. 34, 2, p. 191-211 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

government policy

Projects 2014 2017