Limits on Space Weapons: Incorporating the Law of War Into the Corpus Juris Spatialis

Proceedings of the 51st Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 2009

9 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2009 Last revised: 3 Jul 2014

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P. J. Blount

Universite du Luxembourg - Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance; University of Mississippi - School of Law

Date Written: October 16, 2008

Abstract

Article III of the Outer Space Treaty applies the principles of international law to the territory of outer space. This paper investigates international law sources for limits on “space weaponization” found in the laws of war. Through analysis of both customary and treaty made limitations on space weapons, the paper presents a more unified theory of the corpus juris spatialis as called for by Article III. Furthermore, definition of these limits allows for a more focused debate on “space weaponisation.”

Keywords: space law, law of war

Suggested Citation

Blount, P. J., Limits on Space Weapons: Incorporating the Law of War Into the Corpus Juris Spatialis (October 16, 2008). Proceedings of the 51st Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1393321

P. J. Blount (Contact Author)

Universite du Luxembourg - Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance ( email )

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University of Mississippi - School of Law ( email )

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University, MS 38677
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