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

    August 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

    December 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

    April 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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  • The Moon Agreement of 1979: What Relevance to Space Activities ?

    September 3, 2010

    Years of negotiations in the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and vigorous drafting and re-drafting of an international treaty to govern the activities of States on the Moon, culminated in an unanimous acceptance of the Moon Agreement (or Moon Treaty) by the UN General Assembly in 1979. The Agreement applies to the Moon and all other celestial bodies within the solar system other than the Earth, including orbits or other trajectories to or around them. It turns over jurisdiction to the international community.

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