El Salvador Makes History and Bans All Mining

On March 29, 2017, El Salvador’s legislature unanimously voted to ban all metallic mining, including for gold, in the Central American country. El Salvador is the first country in the world to impose a blanket ban on mining activities. The question is, will other countries follow suit? Understanding El Salvador’s political justification for the ban and its claimed experience with mining provides important lessons for mining companies, host states, and home states to mitigate the risk of fractious relationships that could lead others to follow El Salvador’s lead.

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Josh Scheinert

Josh Scheinert
Associate | Bennett Jones | Toronto ...full profile

Milos Barutciski

Milos Barutciski
Partner | Bennett Jones | Toronto ...full profile

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