Rare earth elements (REEs) are a discrete series of metals without which much of today’s high-tech world would not exist. The cost of extracting these metals, the jurisdictions of REE reserves and the geopolitics associated with these vital commodities make them a game-changer for manufacturing, development of new technologies and international relations.
Mayer Brown will be issuing a series of reports focusing on these valuable commodities. Our first report, Rare Earth Elements: Deep Sea Mining and the Law of the Sea, by leading mining lawyer, Ian Coles, presents key legal issues associated with mining in international waters and illustrates the lengths to which corporations and national governments will go to secure their REE supply chains.
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