San Diego Law Review

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This Article analyzes the position of the countries that have controlled Antarctica, the impending resource controversy, and the possibility of international control. The author suggests that the legal status of Antarctica will become a controversial issue because of its numerous natural resources. Due to the existence of these resources, a complex dispute over legal jurisdiction has arisen between those original signatories to the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and those non-Treaty States advocating the internationalization of Antarctica. The author argues that if accommodation between Treaty and non-Treaty members can be achieved, great progress will have been made toward global harmony under international law.