Peaceful Use of Outer Space: Non-Militarization, Non-Aggression and Prevention of Weaponization
Journal of Space Law, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2010
21 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2010 Last revised: 3 Jul 2014
Date Written: October 1, 2009
States, while agreeing to use outer space for peaceful purposes in principle, interpret its use in divergent manners, particularly with regard to non-militarization and non-aggression. The non-militarization interpretation has become completely outdated. Consequently, efforts to prevent space weaponization by the doctrine are fruitless. On the other hand, non-aggression cannot provide justification for space weaponization either. The lack of a specific prohibition does not mean space weaponization is permitted under international law. Relying on the Lotus principle would undermine the international legal framework and instigate a laissez-faire attitude in the international community.
Keywords: outer space, peaceful use, militarization, weaponization
JEL Classification: K33
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