The study primarily aims to address the legal consequences of the rise of responsible mining and responsible mining itself to international human rights law in regulating the mining industry. Firstly, the thesis describes the rise of responsible mining in the context of considerable power of the industry and mining companies. Secondly, the thesis explains how international human rights law governs the mining industry and whereabouts responsible mining could be in the system. Thirdly, the thesis questions the legal basis for responsible mining under international human rights law, and then examines possibilities that responsible mining could violate core provisions of international human rights law in regulating the mining industry. Therefore, the study concludes that the rise of responsible mining and any promotion of responsible mining must be considered carefully on case by case basis in relation to prevention of human rights violations arising from the mining industry. In addition, it suggests that most thorny questions should be addressed to the contemporary international human rights law and role of public authorities, both international and national concerning prevention of human rights violations and the mining industry.
Key Words: responsible mining, mining industry, self-regulation, civil regulation, CSR, international human rights law, prevention of human rights violations