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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Common Heritage of Mankind

Rüdiger Wolfrum

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 03 October 2023

Spacecraft, satellites, and space objects — Regional co-operation — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Cultural property / heritage

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The term ‘common heritage of mankind’ (more recent terminology speaks of ‘humankind’ instead of ‘mankind’) has been developed in connection with codification activities concerning the progressive development of international law within the framework of the United Nations. The term was formally introduced by Malta in a note verbale of 18 August 1967 (UNGA, ‘Malta: Request for Inclusion of a Supplementary Item in the Agenda of the Twenty-Second Session’ [18 August 1967] GAOR 22nd Session Annexes, Agenda Item 92, 1) requesting the introduction of an agenda item:...
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