• Fifty Years of Space Law– Space Law in 50 Years

    août 18, 2017

    The 2017 Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations has started for a period of three weeks. Theme this year: Fifty Years of Space Law– Space Law in 50 Years. In the first part the current lex lata will be described, first of all from the perspective of basic concepts and secondly from the perspective of specific forms of application/as applicable to space activities. This first part shall make evident the development that international space law has gone through up to 2017. The second part of the contribution shall underline how the rules applicable to human activities in outer space could develop in the coming 50 years. The Peace Palace Library has prepared a selective bibliography on this topic.

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  • Space Mining and (U.S.) Space Law

    décembre 18, 2015

    On November 25, 2015, President Obama signed into law the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262). As far as space mining is concerned, this legislation will give US space firms the rights to own and sell natural resources they mine from bodies in space, including asteroids. But does the new law risk privatizing a realm that is meant to belong to all of humanity? Is there a violation of international law? Is an international space exploitation regime preferable?

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  • Asteroid(s) coming in at Collision Course

    Asteroid(s) coming in at Collision Course

    avril 12, 2013

    How to handle an incoming asteroid? What does Don Quijote have to do with it? Movies like “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon” make it seem so easy. But in reality there are many technological, legal and political obstacles to cope with. From 15-19 April, 2013, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will hold its third Planetary Defence Conference “Gathering for Impact!” in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.

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