THE OBJECTS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
158. Introductory. -- The objects of the Law of Nations are: (1) material goods or things; and (2) individuals or persons (including corporations).
The main things to which the rules of International Law apply are land territory, territorial waters, the open sea, aerial space, public vessels (mainly warships), private vessels (mainly merchantmen), and other public and private property of various sorts.
In the following chapters we shall first consider the various forms of a State's territory, and the modes of acquisition. This will be followed by chapters on aerial space and the open sea (including the non-territorial or property rights of States, more especially the jurisdiction over warships and merchant vessels in times of peace). Finally, we shall consider the rights and duties of individuals as objects of International Law during peace.