A qualified lawyer in Argentina (Specialisation in Natural Resources Law, University of Buenos Aires (cum laude); LL.M in Resources Law and Policy (CEPMLP, Dundee; with distinction), Ph.D (CEPMLP/Dundee) Dr Bastida is the Rio Tinto Research Fellow and the Director of the International Mining Programme at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee. She teaches International and Comparative Mineral Law.
Dr. Bastida has almost fifteen years experience in the mining industry, working at different stages as a practitioner, consultant and academic. She has been a research fellow at the Institute of Social and Legal Sciences ‘Ambrosio Gioja’, Law Faculty, University of Buenos Aires. She has practised law with the firm of Hope, Duggan & Silva in Buenos Aires, with responsibilities in the Mineral and Environmental Law section. Dr Bastida has been an external legal consultant to the Government of Argentina, UNDP, UNCTAD, the Minerals and Metals Sustainable Development project, the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd., Minera Alumbrera Ltd. She has been Deputy Managing Editor of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law and assistant editor of the CEPMLP Internet Journal. Dr Bastida is listed in the International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers, is a member of the Environmental Law Group of the IUCN, and more recently of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the African Mining Network.
Her general research interests include international and comparative resources law, international investment and environmental law, law and development, human rights. Her current research work is exploring the linkages between legal institutions and development processes in mining, with a particular emphasis on mechanisms for public participation, social inclusion and community development.