Diamonds are a girl's best friend

January is National Black Diamond Month.  Who knew?1 How would a good law student, lawyer, or law librarian celebrate National Black Diamond Month?  By learning about the diamond industry and law!  Check out these resources we've compiled to get started - and ask a librarian if you'd like to research more.

The global diamond industry : economics and development.Head over to Norlin to check out these two volumes featuring papers on the diamond industry.  The papers cover topics such as economics, history, sociology, and the law.

"From a Soft Law Process to Hard Law Obligations: The Kimberley Process and Contemporary International Legislative Process"A discussion of how non-government actors, the diamond mining industry, and members of the international legal community created a process to prevent the sale of conflict-generating diamonds.

Distribution of natural resources in third world countries: the curse of oil and diamonds
A discussion of conflicts related to mining valuable resources, such as diamonds.

"Diamond Mining in Canada's Northwest Territories: A Colonial Continuity"
Though Canada's diamond mining industry is applauded as a new and (more) ethical approach to mining, the author argues that these diamond mining projects continue Canada's colonization of indigenous communities and lands.

"State-owned minerals, village-owned land: How a shared property rights framework helped formalize artisanal diamond miners in Côte d’Ivoire between 1986 and 2016"
Since the mid-1980s, Cote d'Ivoire has used a government-village co-management strategy for diamonds produced in artisanal and small scale mining. This paper looks at Cote d'Ivoire's "adaptable and structured relationship between state and customary mineral rights holders in order to promote local development and reduce illegality and conflict."



1. National Black Diamond Moth was established by Carole Shoshana, a jewelry designer who wanted to share her passion for meditation.