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Conceptual Constructions: Common Heritage Of Mankind And Common Concern Of Mankind

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The challenges facing humankind today could hardly be faced on the basis of the traditional postulates of reciprocity or mutual interests on a strictly inter- State dimension. The akin concepts, specifically, of common heritage and of common concern of mankind disclose a spatial and temporal dimensions, and call for special attention and world-wide cooperation, with the corresponding rights and duties pertaining to present and future generations, bearing in mind the needs and aspirations of humankind. The construction of the concept of common heritage of mankind in distinct domains of Public International Law emerged from the acknowledgement of common interests, in pursuance of the common good, of mankind. The two concepts of common heritage and of common concern of mankind transcend the level of strictly inter-State relations, focusing on the needs and aspirations of humankind as a whole, encompassing present and future generations.

Keywords: common concern of mankind; common heritage; Public International Law



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