Articles in this special issue of the International Journal of Rural Law and Policy arose out of a conference titled 'Mining in a sustainable world'. The conference was held at the University of New England and was a joing initiative of the University's Peace Studies and Australian Centre of for Agriculture and Law. The aim of the conference was to create a forum for open, high-level discussion of contentious issues surrounding mining. Politicians, economists, social scientists, lawyers and members of the community attended the conference. Unfortunately, industry, in spite of being specifically invited, declined to attend.
This issue of the journal contains articles arising from presentations made at the conference, as well as short commentaries from various delegates, the conference program, and abstracts and bios of presenters.