Book Review: 'The Development of Outer Space: Sovereignty and Property Rights in International Space Law (Thomas Gangale)'
Dr. Michael C. Mineiro
Institute for Defense Analyses, Science and Technology Policy Institute
November 28, 2009
Annals of Air and Space Law, Vol. 35, 2010
At the beginning of the space age the international community confronted the challenge of creating and agreeing to norms that govern human activity in outer space. Principal amongst these were the questions of sovereignty, appropriation, and property rights. Will the heavenly bodies become subject to national appropriation? Will we extend to the stars our terrestrial jurisprudential history of territorial conquest and control? The solution at the time was to prohibit the appropriation of outer space and her celestial bodies. But now mankind is returning to Moon and will venture to Mars and other celestial bodies. Once again these questions are arising in international discourse. They will only become more important as mankind continues its exploration, utilization, and eventual exploitation of the celestial bodies. In his book, The Development of Outer Space: Sovereignty and Property Rights in International Space Law, Thomas Gangale uses a multidisciplinary approach to tackle these difficult questions and to examine the discourse on property rights in outer space and on celestial bodies.
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Keywords: outer space, outer space law, sovereignty, property rights, international space law, national appropriation, territorial conquest, book review
Date posted: August 10, 2010
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