San Diego Law Review

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Worldwide sentiment is growing that the bed of the sea, which occupies seventy percent of the Earth's surface, as yet unclaimed, should be reserved from national claims of sovereignty and regarded as a common heritage of mankind. It should be reserved for peaceful purposes only. All nations, maritime, landlocked and developing, have an equity in this heritage. An authority of the United Nations should so administer it. For common ownership of this vast area to be recognized, and for it to be internationally administered, would be one of the greatest advances in the history of world organization. Instead of national rivalry, a power struggle and a colonial race, this concept would enable mankind, working together, to develop new forms of international cooperation.