Earth Governance

Earth Governance

Trusteeship of the Global Commons

New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

Klaus Bosselmann

The predicament of uncontrolled growth in a finite world puts the global commons - such as oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere - at risk. So far, states have not found the means to protect, what essentially, is outside their jurisdiction. However the jurisprudence of international law has matured to a point that makes global governance beyond state-negotiated compromises both possible and desirable. This book makes an ambitious, yet well-researched and convincing case, for trusteeship governance. It shows how the United Nations together with states can draw from their own traditions to develop new, effective regimes of trusteeship for the global commons.

Chapter 3: Commons

Klaus Bosselmann

Subjects: environment, environmental governance and regulation, environmental law, environmental politics and policy, law - academic, environmental law, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy


Technology can unite and it can divide. It can elevate and it can degrade. It can create a new civilization of abundance, it may destroy all civilization and life on this globe. . . At stake is the survival of man himself. Arvid Pardo, 1972.

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