272 Book Reviews Common Heritage or Common Burden? The US Position on the Development of a Regime for Deep Sea-Bed Mining in the Law of The Sea Convention by Markus G. Schmidt, (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1989), 366 pp. ISBN 0 19 825227 7, £40. It is perhaps not an exaggeration to say that the regime of deep sea mining beyond national jurisdiction has in the last decade been one of the most controversial topics of the law of the sea as well as a heated issue in the widening gap between Third World developing countries and the Western industrialized States. Technological developments in the 1960s raised the feasibility of exploitation of the newly discovered mineral resources of the ocean floor beyond national jurisdiction which in turn required a rethinking of the legal regime of the deep sea bed. In 1967 Arvid Pardo Ambassador of Malta to the United Nations tabled a proposal before the General Assembly that the sea-bed beyond national jurisdiction should be declared the Common Heritage of Mankind. Events in the General Assembly led to the adoption of two key resolutions. The first, the Moratorium Resolution, was adopted on 15 December 1969. The second, the Declaration
International Journal of Estuarine and Coastal Law (in 1993 continued as The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1991
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