Dr Ana Bastida

Senior Lecturer in Law

Energy Environment and Society, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

CEPMLP, Energy Environment and Society

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Dr Ana Elizabeth Bastida (lawyer; LLM; PhD) is Senior Lecturer of Law at CEPMLP in the Energy, Environment and Society Division, University of Dundee. With experience spanning over three decades, she has long combined academic research on innovations in environmental and resources law and institutional design with strong engagement in technical reform and knowledge-exchange programmes and various epistemic communities. Her research engages with the role of minerals in the transformation of energy systems and with the disciplinary, regulatory, and operational shifts that must underpin these for sustainable and just futures. She is the author of the book The Law and Governance of Mining and Minerals: A Global Perspective (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2020).

She acts as the Programme Leader of the MSc in Sustainability, a flagship interdisciplinary programme that draws on expertise across the University campus. For years, she was the Director of the International Minerals & Sustainability Programme at the same institution. She has acted in expert advisory roles to governments (Argentina, Armenia, Côte d' Ivoire, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Mozambique, Mongolia), as well as intergovernmental organizations (IADB, UN, UNECA, IFC, World Bank, GIZ, DfID), companies (Anglo American, De Beers, YPF), non-governmental organisations (IUCN, RWI, Global Witness, Open Society Justice Initiative) and corporate institutions, regarding engagements in global governance as well as in jurisdictions as DRC, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Montserrat and St Helena Islands, United Kingdom, South Africa.

She currently seats as member of the Technical Advisory Board of the Global Mining Taxation Initiative (formerly BEPS in Mining programme) hosted by the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) in partnership and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), the Inter-American Centre of Tax Administrations (CIAT) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) aimed at building global efforts to address tax base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) in the mining sector. She is also a member of the Expert Anti-Corruption Group on Critical Minerals convened by the NRGI, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct and EITI; and a member of the International Reference Group of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ (IVA) project Roadmap for Metals and Minerals, which focuses on the role for metals and minerals in the green transition in Sweden and Europe (2023-2024). She is Vice-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Mining Law Committee (2023-2024) and a founding member and incoming President of Red Latinoamericana de Derecho Minero (11,000 followers). She was the Academic Director of the Master’s in Mining Business Management at the Catholic University of San Juan, Argentina, which she supported from its creation and into its current development into a highly impactful inter-provincial programme.

She started her line of research as a research fellow at the Institute of Social and Legal Sciences 'Ambrosio Gioja', Law Faculty, University of Buenos Aires (1992-1998). She later engaged in the practice and counselling of natural resources and environmental law with the firms Tomás de Pablos & Associates, and Hope, Duggan & Silva in Buenos Aires. She is a qualified lawyer in Argentina (Specialisation in Natural Resources Law, University of Buenos Aires, cum laude); LL.M in Resources and Environmental Law and Policy (CEPMLP, Dundee; with distinction), Ph.D (CEPMLP/Dundee). Member of the Environmental Law Group of the IUCN from 2000; Programme Officer of the International Bar Association’s Mining Law Committee; nominated by her peers in the Who’s Who of Mining Law consecutively from 1999; member of the Editorial Board of Global Energy Law and Sustainability, Mineral Economics and High Grade media platform; associate editor, Resources Policy; member of the Academic Board of Revista Argentina de Derecho de la Energía, Hidrocarburos y Minería.; and former Trustee-at-Large, The Foundation of Energy and Natural Resources Law.

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Areas of expertise

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Just transition