Graphik: Bulletpoint Archive: Abstracts issue 1/2018 (English)

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Stefan Brocza/ Andreas Brocza: The Race for What’s Left: The Global Valorization of the »Common Heritage of Mankind« – the Example of the UN Deep Seabed Mining Regime

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) was established in 1994, in order to oversee the exploration and exploitation of the deep seabed for minerals. The deep seabed is designated as a common heritage of mankind. The Authority acts on behalf of the international community. The respective article analyses the processes and procedures that apply to the powers conferred to the Authority, and also to what extent the exercise of these powers amounts to quasi-legislative activity (mining codes). Finally, it considers the theoretical implications of the ISA regime, especially under the aspects of land seizure and conquest, accumulation by dispossession, enclosure and financialisation of nature.

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