San Diego Law Review

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This Article analyzes the Senkaku Island dispute between China and Japan, which raises questions over sovereignty and control over the natural resources of the islands, most importantly petroleum. This dispute illustrates the difficulty of allocating ocean resources among competing sovereignties according to existing international. The North Sea Cases, including the International Court of Justice's decision, are analyzed to demonstrate the difficulty of allocating any ocean resources. The dispute is further compounded by the interests of the petroleum industry and the proposed draft of the Nixon Treaty. This Article concludes by recommending a trusteeship concept allowing interested parties to derive mutual benefit from exploiting oil deposits in the Senkaku Island.