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mineral economist , mining lawyer

James Michael Otto, American mining lawyer, mineral economist. Registered professional engineer Colorado; bar: Colorado. Getty fellow for resource economics, Golden, 1982, Colorado Energy Research fellow, 1981. Fellow Malaysian Geological Society; member American Bar Association (senior member), International Bar Association.


Otto, James Michael was born on February 10, 1954 in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Son of Henry E. and Cherrie J. Otto.


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University Colorado, 1976. Master of Science in Mineral Economy, Colorado School Mines, 1982. Juris Doctor, University Denver, 1983.


Engineer Falcon Research and Development, Denver, 1976-1983. Market analyst Getty Oil Corporation, Los Angeles, 1983. Research fellow East-West Center, Honolulu, 1983-1988.

Chief technical advisor United Nations, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1988-1991. Assistant director Center for Petroleum and Mineral Law, Dundee, United Kingdom, 1991-1995. Director Institute Global Resources Policy Colorado School Mines., Golden, since 1996.

Director advanced degree studies in natural resources University Denver, since 1996. Consultant United Nations, 1987, 92-95, CDG, 1993-1994. Moderator for Peoples Republic of China, Beijing, 1993.


  • Registered professional engineer Colorado. Bar: Colorado.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Editor, co-author: Mineral and Investment Conditions in Selected Countries in Asia Pacific, 1992, Mineral Industry Taxation Policies in Asia-Pacific, 1992, The Taxation of Mineral Enterprises, 1995, Global Mining Taxation Corporation Study, 2000. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Fellow Malaysian Geological Society. Member American Bar Association (senior member), International Bar Association.


  • Other Interests

    Mountain climbing, stained glass design.


Married Corinne Otto, January 21, 1981.

Henry E.

Cherrie J. Otto

Corinne Otto