The Emergence of National Space Law

36 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2015

Date Written: November 18, 2015


The article provides a comprehensive outline and comparative analysis of national space statutes that have been adopted by various space-faring States around the world. The article identifies several common components of national space law, such as provisions dealing with licensing, registration of space objects and third party liability insurance. It concludes by noting that national space laws are an important means not only to regulate space activities to ensure the protection of a State’s citizens from damage or injury, but also to limit the burden of exposure to risks so as to foster the development of private space activities.

Keywords: Space Law; national legislation; licensing and registration of space objects; insurance; regulation

Suggested Citation

Dempsey, Paul Stephen, The Emergence of National Space Law (November 18, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Paul Stephen Dempsey (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3690 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec H3AIW9

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