International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Global Resource Ownership Rights: Proposal of a Quantitative System
Ze Zhang

Abstract
This paper proposes a universal quantitative method to determine the ownership rights of natural resources such as territory, islands, mines, and rivers, when disputes and resolutions will have global impact. As opposed to being based on commonly used arguments with a historical, political or certain moral standpoint, this method relies on an assumption of universal ownership of the resource with a depreciation of individual rights proportional to the geographical distance from the point of interests. The distance depreciation follows an inverse distance-squared rule beyond an interest radius RI, within which however each individual has equal right. The intention of this work is to put forward an initiative to find an objective framework, for computing a quantitative level ownership rights that an individual or a group has regarding a disputed point of interest or resource. It is the author's hope that quantitative calculations of ownership rights, will curtail the number of heated arguments, quarrels, or martial resolutions in resolving issues or conflicts in this more and more crowded world.

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