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res communis


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[Latin: common things]

An area of territory that is not subject to legal title of any state. Examples would be the high seas (see Article 2 of the Geneva Convention on the High Seas and Article 89 of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea) and outer space (see UN General Assembly Resolutions 1962 (XVII), 1721 (XVI), and 1884 (XVIII). See common heritage of mankind principle.

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