by Mathias Risse
- This essay explores the view that the earth belongs to humankind collectively from a contemporary, secular standpoint. The goal is twofold: First of all, to offer a particular view on the ownership status of the earth; and second, to defend this inquiry into original ownership against objections. The standpoint of collective ownership could generate a fruitful research agenda, one that, among other things, allows us to discuss questions pertaining to immigration, human rights, obligations to future generations, and global climate change.
Risse, M. (2008). "Original Ownership of the Earth: A Contemporary Approach." Harvard Kennedy School Working Paper RWP08-073, Nov 2008.