To study the international law of natural resources is rapidly to discover that it is not a single, monolithic topic. Almost everything depends, if not on the specific resource, on the category of natural resource that one is studying. Not only the answers, but indeed the questions that it is necessary to ask, will depend upon that initial matter. Let me take the following three broad examples of natural resources to illustrate the point: the mineral resources of the deep sea-bed; water, including water as it is carried along by the great international rivers; and...
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