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  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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John researches and teaches in mining regulation and also on human rights and resources. He has published and presented on topics including human rights and business, mining regulation, climate change, Indigenous rights, minerals taxation, CSR regulation, and mining agreements. He is a contributing author for LexisNexis Native Title Service, providing quarterly updates on five chapters including compensation, agreements, prescribed bodies corporate, and native title representative bodies.


John also works as a barrister in the Western Australian Bar Association, advising and representing clients in litigious and non-litigious matters. His work has also covered mining regulation in advising regulators, mining companies, land owners, communities and non-government organisations. John has assisted various government agencies (in Australia and internationally) on mining law reform.


He is a member of committees for AMPLA WA (resources lawyers) and the Academic Network for the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises. John does considerable volunteer work including for Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Centre for Native Title Anthropology, Environmental Defender’s Office of Western Australia, Peace Law Academy (Myanmar). John has also acted as a peer-reviewer for the Academy of Finland (funding proposals), Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Edinburgh University Press and Transparency International; and the journals Australian Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Property Law Review, Resources Policy and The Extractive Industries and Society.


John holds a law degree from the University of Western Australia, Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, and MBA in Mineral Resource Management (Dundee). He previously worked with the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Land Council (Pilbara & Perth, Australia), Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (Dundee, Scotland), Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (Sydney, Australia) and Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Perth, Australia). John is a member of the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association, International Bar Association, International Law Association, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and Western Australian Bar Association.

External positions

Independent Examiner, Australian National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

27 Aug 2019 → …

Barrister, Western Australian Bar Association

2014 → …

Global Faculty, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy

2010 → …


  • Mining and Resources
  • Government
  • Not for Profit
  • Human rights law
  • Mining law
  • Regulation

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Research Output 2004 2019

Business and Human Rights: relevance for WA lawyers

Southalan, J., Feb 2019, Brief, 46, 1, p. 6-11 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

human rights
administrative law
constitutional law
conflict of interest
common law

Free, prior and informed consent: how and from whom? An Australian analogue

Southalan, J. & Fardin, J., 16 Oct 2019, In : JOURNAL OF ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW. 37, 4, p. 365-388 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Decision making
International law
group decision
group membership

Regulation of Australia's Resources Sector: Submission to Inquiry by Productivity Commission

Southalan, J. & Fardin, J., 7 Nov 2019, 23 p. Productivity Commission.

Research output: Other contribution

best practice

The FPIC Fixation: Indigenous - Mining Law, Internationally and Australia

Southalan, J., 2019, Special Institute on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment: The Future of Natural Resource Investment: Innovation, Compliance, and Transparency in a Changing Political Environment. 3 ed. Denver: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Vol. 2019. p. 1-26 27 p. 22A

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

basic concept
Latin America
human rights

Projects 2013 2014

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Submissions to industry, standard setting bodies, or government committees, commissions and inquiries

Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the Modern Slavery Bill 2018

Fiona McGaughey (Author), John Southalan (Author), Donella Caspersz (Author), Holly Cullen (Author)
18 Jul 2018

Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementSubmissions to industry, standard setting bodies, or government committees, commissions and inquiries