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Most elements of the commons are global, transcending the sovereignty of any nation. There is a pressing need for international agreements on managing common resources such as air, water, the internet, airwaves and other essential parts of our lives. Examples of tags: global commons, trade, economic development.

February 16, 2007

Wrapping Our Legal Minds Around the Global Commons: Res Nullius, Res Communis, and Res Divini Juris

Lessons from outer space in protecting our treasures here on earth.
February 6, 2007

Commons and Indigenous Communities: Overlapping Histories and Legal Tactics

Native American history offers lessons on the dangers of the public trust doctrine.
December 30, 2006

Community Generated Solutions

Calling upon collective ingenuity to find community-generated solutions.
December 4, 2006

A War of the Worlds: Hierarchies vs. Networks

Open-source spies: is collective knowledge better than spooks?
November 20, 2006

Indigenous Peoples and the Commons

Even with good intentions, the commons movement must be careful not to infringe on the rights of indigenous people.
November 17, 2006

The Seed Gestapo And Third World Farmers

A Filipino farmer is drug into court for breeding his own seeds.
September 22, 2006

The Improbable Success of Nollywood

The improbable success of Nollywood – Nigeria's booming film industry is a marvel of creative energy.
August 4, 2006

Brazil Fights Lingo-Piracy, the Privatization of Its Words

Brazil fights the trademarking and privatization of common Brazilian words.
May 27, 2006

Statement on WHA passage of historic resolution on: Public health, innovation, essential health research and intellectual

World Health Organization makes an historic stand in favor of public access to essential health research.
May 22, 2006

Bina Agarwal: The Links Between Environmental Wealth and Gender Justice

In India, the plunder of the commons is linked with the low status of women.