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 4: The global 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


The Earth is the single most important commons that we have; it is an immeasurable gift. That gift is of such complexity and beauty that you just don’t tinker with it. The task of any generation is to pass that heritage on. The commons in this sense serves as a secularized version of Creation. This is a powerful discourse for asserting limits on technology and markets. Wolgang Sachs.

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