Co-Opting Common Heritage: Reflections on the Need for South-North Scholarship

HUMANIZING OUR GLOBAL ORDER: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF IVAN HEAD, pp. 112-124, Obiora Chinedu Okafor and Obijiofor Aginam, eds., University of Toronto Press, 2003

Posted: 8 Jul 2011

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

This paper analyzes some of the ways in which the concept of, “common heritage of mankind,” has been interpreted and deployed by scholars in the area of international environmental law. The author critiques the, “co-option,” of common heritage by those who seem to have little regard for the historical context in which it developed and the concerns that it encapsulated. The author then uses this critical evaluation of the common heritage literature to explain the need for South-North scholarship, an alternative way of conceptualizing the relationship between developing and developed nations, reflected in the work of Ivan Head and others, which refuses to accept and perpetuate the marginalization of the South and which instead works for a more just and inclusive legal order.

Keywords: Common heritage of mankind, South-North relations

Suggested Citation

Mickelson, Karin, Co-Opting Common Heritage: Reflections on the Need for South-North Scholarship (2003). HUMANIZING OUR GLOBAL ORDER: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF IVAN HEAD, pp. 112-124, Obiora Chinedu Okafor and Obijiofor Aginam, eds., University of Toronto Press, 2003 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1856730

Karin Mickelson (Contact Author)

UBC Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

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