Res nullius

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RES NULLIUS. A thing which has no owner. A thing which has been abandoned by its owner is as much res nullius as if it had never belonged to any one.
     2. The first possessor of such a thing becomes the owner, res nullius fit primi occupantis. Bowy. Com. 97.

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Lueck) The Roman Emperor Justinian further proposed that property which was intentionally abandoned by its owner (res derelicta) turned into a res nullius and could thereafter be claimed by any individual who found it (known as occupatio.
Res Nullius Pat O'Donnell 6th, 6f handicap, Naas, July 10 After ten runs you would think this four-year-old daughter of Rakti does not possess too many secrets from the handicapper, but a couple of recent efforts give hope there is a handicap to be won with her.
of Minnesota) argues that as currently constituted within the doctrine of res nullius ("things or space which cannot be governed and therefore belong to no-one"), such an idea of commons categorically overlaps with the legal category of terra nullius, a colonial doctrine of sovereignty used by European states to dispossess indigenous peoples of their land.
Later attempts were made by the apartheid regime to change this classification to Bantu, denoting a negroid race that had migrated to Southern Africa, and thus the fictitious European claim that Southern Africa was res nullius, in effect uninhabited and thus belonged to no one.
He also explains that analogy was a more powerful tool than metaphor and shows, for example, how development of the space regime as res communis rather than res nullius was informed by development of the Antarctic regime.
The English throne after Elizabeth's death was res nullius.
He rode his first winner on the track on Apache Gold in an apprentice handicap at Gowran in July, and now partners Res Nullius for his father in the Feale Handicap.
Res Nullius makes her handicap debut after three runs in recent months, the latest of which saw her finish second behind the Tommy Stack-trained Bird's Eye View at the Curragh.
If tissue is removed for transplantation into another person, the tissue would lose its res nullius status once the transplant was complete.
Under the classical definition of res nullius, ownership would be acquired by the first person who took possession of the tissue.
The benefit of declaring a functional unit of bodily material res nullius is that this material will continue to serve humankind (for example, organ transplant and blood transfusion) under a traditional altruistic spirit without becoming a marketable commokdity, as could occur if property rights were to be recognized in it.
A key distinction between matter deemed res communes omnium and res nullius is that the latter need not be transformed in any way to be useful to humankind: it functions in much its original form.