John Temple Swing, co-founder of the Rule of Law Committee for the oceans, passed away on October 4th, 2013, a decade after his commentary on the state of the oceans as an element in US foreign and domestic policy was published in the International Herald Tribune. The New York Times obituary is attached to this page as a downloadable PDF file.
You may find the following links to articles about or by John to be of interest:
- Comments by Caitlyn Antrim, co-founder with John of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans;
- John's 2003 Op-Ed in the International Herald Tribune:"Rescuing the Imperiled Seas";
- John's 1976 article "What Future for the Oceans?," which recounts the status of the LOS negotiations in their early stages, is available from the Foreign Affairs magazine website. Here is the abstract:
Not quite a decade ago, Arvid Pardo, Maltese delegate to the United Nations, startled much of the international community with his proposal that the United Nations declare the seabed and ocean floor "underlying the seas beyond the limits of present national jurisdiction" to be "the common heritage of mankind," and not subject to appropriation by any nation for its sole use. In the face of a steady increase of unilateral seaward encroachments by nation-states, Pardo's call-to-arms launched the international community as a late entry in the race for control of the oceans and their vast resources, a race between "the good of one" (the nation-state acting in its own selfish interests) and "the common good." To achieve the latter, he urged the United Nations to create a new kind of international agency to assume jurisdiction, as a trustee for all countries, over the seabed and to supervise exploitation of its resources-with the net financial benefits, which he hoped would be considerable, to be used primarily to promote the development of poor countries.
- A link to John's 2003 essay in Foreign Affairs magazine;