The Legal Cultures of the Subsoil Database

This video offers a brief guide on how to use The Legal Cultures of the Subsoil Database for research purposes. The video introduces the database content and structure and takes you step by step through three main gateways for conducting searches.

The Legal Cultures of the Subsoil Database is a digital open access research tool that seeks to support the research of human rights lawyers, journalists, scholars, activists, policymakers, and others in relation to conflicts over industrial or large-scale mining, a highly disputed sector that often incurs human rights abuses and with a significant climate footprint.

It compiles information about legal and political actions pursued by a range of actors over disputed mineral deposits and territory in Central America and Mexico. It includes a selection of paradigmatic and high-profile cases.

It is available in Spanish and English, and includes a variety of resources and materials, including legal documents, reports, and infographics. The database has been developed with ESRC and BA/GCRF funding and can be accessed here:

The video is a result of the research project The Juridification of Resource Conflicts: Legal Cultures, Moralities and Environmental Politics in Central America. This project is funded by the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme, supported under the UK Government's Global Challenges Research Fund. You can find out more about the project here:

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