Global Commons: Issues, Concerns and Strategies presents a comprehensive international perspective on the global commons—natural resource domains that are not subject to national jurisdictions and are accessible to all nations. These include the oceans, atmosphere and outer space, and specific locations such as Antarctica. Due to their critical importance in maintaining human lives and livelihoods, and their vulnerability to depletion, the collaborative preservation of the global commons is of great relevance to all human communities.  Leading world powers, such as France, are increasingly adopting environmental policies as key to their functioning as democracies. After the Paris Climate Conference, there has been a spurt in cooperation between major nations, such as France and India, in the fight against climate change. This book provides exhaustive coverage of all the major facets of preservation of the global commons. It will, therefore, prove indispensable to all stakeholders in a new, just and sustainable world order.

What International Law Can Teach Us about the Commons

What International Law Can Teach Us about the Commons

What international law can teach Us about the commons
Julien Cazala

We all know what the term ‘commons’ refers to: publicly available resources, which are freely usable but limited in supply. The most basic illustration consists of land areas used collectively by a community. What the difficulties could be, is widely known, and can be easily understood. If one member of the community uses a common resource, or over-exploits it, less of it is available to the other members of that community. Community members may thus be self-incited to exploit the resource to the fullest possible extent, as fast as possible, in a way to secure the maximum possible share and profits. The ...

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