Journal article

International Adjudication and the Commons

Margaret Young

University of Hawaii Law Review | University of Hawaii at Manoa | Published : 2019


The historic idea of the commons has animated a broad range of scholars within and across many disciplines, while providing a powerful suggestion of a shared enterprise and a productive past in international law. Popularized by biologist Garrett Hardin's metaphor of an open pasture doomed to overgrazing by free-riding cattle herders, the commons was depicted as holding a remorseless logic towards the over-exploitation of any space or place that was not privatized or centrally planned.

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