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Cooperation Agreements and Benefits Agreements with First Nations

The development of projects and business opportunities, particularly in the natural resource industries, requires government decision making, from the issuance of resource tenures, through environmental assessment of proposed...more

Changes to First Nations Consultation in Alberta

On April 2, 2013, Alberta released a draft of The Government of Alberta's Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013 (the "Draft Policy"). The Government's deadline for comments on...more

The 2012 IFC Performance Standard on Indigenous Peoples: What's the Fuss?

The new IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards -- in particular, Performance Standard 7 on indigenous peoples -- present a range of management and operational challenges for certain companies. For the first...more

THE QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL OF SOCIAL JUSTICE: SUBSTANTIVE & PROCEDURAL LAW PROVISIONS FOR AMICUS CURIAE IN INVESTOR-STATE ICSID...

The Holy Grail of ICSID Arbitration is social justice. Amicus Curiae is the Grail Castle that holds the sacred chalice of ICSID’s salvation. This paper comments on both the procedural and substantive law of amicus...more

Legal Challenges for Mining Companies New to Canada’s North

Mining companies investing for the first time in Canada’s North may find the experience unlike any other. This holds true not only for foreign corporations, but also for companies familiar with mining in the Canadian south....more

Richmond Casino Case: How Early Is Too Early for CEQA?

In Parchester Village Neighborhood Council v. City of Richmond, the California Court of Appeal recently held that the City of Richmond’s decision to enter into a Municipal Services Agreement (MSA) with a Native American tribe...more

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