Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


D. S. Avery


The interior of the earth has scarcely been touched upon in jurisprudence. Although the principle of dominion under land by the owner of surface property has been in existence since the time of Roman law, the need to address the question of who owns inner-earth is long overdue. This Article attempts to answer that question by examining modem delimitation theories that have been applied to the oceans and the atmosphere within the context of the physical interior of the earth. The author suggests the use of the Mohorovicic discontinuity for inner-earth delimitation and invites further inquiry from scholars, scientists, and politicians.