International laws largely deal with the rights over certain domains and various treaties and principles that govern these rights. One such known principle is ‘Common Heritage of Mankind”. The theory of Common Heritage to Mankind originated through the notion of res communis, and is also referred to as res communis humanitatus. It reflects the view that all human beings are members of the human race, regardless of whether they live in the developed or developing world, and that things cannot be appropriated and may be used by everybody. Use of a resource is allowed only as long as it does not impede someone else’s use. Similarly, there are various treaties and policies relating to the globalised rules and customary international laws dealing with possession, independence, right to passage and human rights on an international platform. Hence such laws are globally applicable to all nations; they are framed in a method to be understood by all its members. The framing of such laws is a bit different from the method of framing our national laws. Hence, it requires assistance and understanding of interpretation of such laws in many occasions.
We have been regularly advising multinational companies on regulatory issues relating to environment in India besides representing our clients in environmental litigation matters before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, National Green Tribunal, High Courts and Appellate Authorities.