“... a stimulating, rewarding read.” – Ludwig Gramlich,
Zeitschrift fur Auslandisches Offentliches Recht und Volkerrecht Vol 71
“...Richard Barnes has written the most extensive and detailed book to date on sovereignty and property rights in marine resources under international law…Barnes has done a masterful job of combining theory and history to explain how international law has gradually expanded sovereignty and property rights to one of the two great global commonses: the oceans (the other is the global climate). As such, it makes a great contribution to the larger cross-disciplinary literature on the emergence of property rights in natural resources. It should be read by every legal scholar, economist, and political scientist interested in common pool resource problems.” – Daniel H. Cole,
Law and Politics Book Review Vol.19, No.11, November 9, 2009
“This is a very worthwhile work – it is authoritative, comprehensive, well-structured and eminently readable...an excellent work of study and reference for both law students and legal practitioners. It is enlightening and enjoyable to read.” – Robert Pritchard,
ResourcesLaw International July 2009
“This is an impressive piece of scholarship. It should be read by academics and students interested in property law and by those interested in fisheries law.
This is an important book which deserves to be widely read ... a significant contribution to the available literature.” – Nigel Bankes,
Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law Volume 27, No 4, 2009
“This is a fascinating and engaging book that takes the reader on a journey into the intricate workings of property rights - the journey is never dull... it is a valuable addition to the available literature in the area of natural resource management.” – Jona Razzaque,
Journal of Environmental Law May 2010
“In this fascinating book, Richard Barnes constructs a version of property rights which articulates both the public and private functions of property in the context of the international legal system. This is a skilfully crafted foray into a under-researched area.
Using fisheries as a motif, Barnes has provided a tremendously valuable roadmap through public, private, domestic and international law. Would that the expertise, insight and creativity demonstrated by Barnes in this book be applied to the protection of other endangered species.” – Catherine MacKenzie,
The Cambridge Law Journal Vol 70 Part 1