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ODEC 8010 - Mining, Money and the Law

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 8

Language of tuition : English


Classes will be taught in English but some of the readings will be in French; a fair knowledge of both is therefore required.

Course Description

A country's mineral resource endowment is largely a matter of luck. Who benefits from it is less so: political decisions, legal provisions and corporate practices define how revenues get divided between mining companies, the host state and its population. This workshop introduces the participants to the multiple challenges of striking the right balance between those various interests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the poorest countries on earth despite its unique mineral bounty. Participants will sift through mining contracts, stock exchange publications, tax reports and NGO publications to analyse how the DRC dealt with a massive influx of foreign direct investment in its copper and cobalt sector over the past decade. Through fact-based case studies, they will study how the fine print in a law or a contract can determine whether millions of dollars end up with the investor or the state treasury, the capital city or the mining province, the Congolese people or a handful of individuals.


CAESENS, Elisabeth (Chercheur)