Common Resources

Law of the Sea, Outer Space, and Antarctica


In this fourth installment of the American Classics in International Law series, John Norton Moore approaches what are generally, if perhaps misleadingly, known as “common resources” in international law. The contributions in this volume, reflecting some of the best writing in each area by American international legal scholars, cover the law of the sea, the law of outer space, and the law of Antarctica. While each is a discrete subject area, they have a shared thread of encompassing “common” areas of the oceans, space and the Antarctic continent.

From Jessup's important 1927 piece on Maritime Jurisdiction to contemporary writings on outer space law and the evolution of the Antarctic Treaty, Moore compiles a comprehensive collection of influential American scholarship spanning more than 80 years on the world's shared resources, often revealing the importance of United States foreign policy in the development of each of these areas. Brought together by an Introduction by the Editor, this volume serves as the definitive resource for the American contribution to international law and common resources.

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John Norton Moore is Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and Director of the University’s Center for Oceans Law and Policy. His multiple presidential appointments include Chairman of the National Security Council Interagency Task Force on the Law of the Sea; and Ambassador and Deputy Special Representative of the President to the Law of the Sea Conference. Moore is also a co-founder of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy.
Foreword to American Classics in International Law
      W. Michael Reisman


      John Norton Moore

I. Law of the Sea

1. Jurisdiction and Control on the High Seas Adjoining Territorial Waters
       Philip C. Jessup

2. The Hydrogen Bomb Tests and the International Law of the Sea
       Myres S. McDougal

3. The Geneva Conference on the Law of the Sea: What Was Accomplished
      Arthur H. Dean

4. U.S. Oceans Policy: the Truman Proclamations
       Ann L. Hollick

5. The Regime of Straits and the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea
       John Norton Moore

6. Power, Mobility and the Law of the Sea
       Elliot L. Richardson

7. A Geographical Primer to Maritime Boundary-Making
       Robert W. Smith

8. The Regime of Warships Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
       Bernard H. Oxman

9. The Marine Environment and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
       Jonathan I. Charney

10. Strengthening the Law of the Sea: The New Agreement on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks
       David A. Bolton

11. Straight Baselines: The Need for a Universally Applied Norm
       J. Ashley Roach and Robert W. Smith

12. The Territorial Temptation: A Siren Song at Sea
       Bernard H. Oxman

II. Outer Space

13. The Enjoyment and Acquisition of Resources in Outer Space
       Myres S. McDougal, Harold D. Lasswell, Ivan A. Vlasic, and Joseph C. Smith

14. Arms Control—Outer Space
       Norman A. Wulf

15. Outer Space Law
       Robert A. Ramey

III. Antarctica

16. The Antarctic Settlement of 1959
       Robert D. Hayton

17. New Stresses on the Antarctic Treaty: Toward International Legal Institutions Governing Antarctic Resources
       Steven J. Burton

18. Recommended Measures under the Antarctic Treaty: Hardening Compliance with Soft International Law
       Christopher C. Joyner

All interested in International Law, Common Resources Law, Law of the Sea, Outer Space Law, Antarctic Law, and American Writings on International Law.
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