Are the Current International Space Treaties Sufficient to Regulate Space Safety, and Establish Responsibility and Liability?
Proceedings of the 2nd IAASS Conference: Space Safety in a Global World, 14-16 May, 2007
10 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2014
Date Written: 2007
Suborbital-orbital spaceflight has emerged as a potential means of transporting people and freight from point to point on Earth through space, and also as a viable means of space travel, including tourism. However, there is no international legal regime in existence today that specifically addresses the safety, responsibility, and liability aspects of space transportation. This paper assesses the extent to which the basic legal principles set out in the existing international treaties on space address the subject. Based on a conclusion that the peculiarities of emerging trends in space transportation are not sufficiently addressed under the existing international treaties, this paper proposes the adoption of new international legal regimes for the regulation of safety and the establishment of responsibility and liability in relation to space transportation, modeled on long-standing, international legal regimes applicable in the realm of civil aviation.
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