Legal Issues Relating to the Global Public Interest in Outer Space
Journal of Space Law, Vol. 32, Pp. 31-110, Summer 2006
81 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2016
Date Written: 2006
As the humanity takes its first steps towards the use and exploration of outer space, during the beginning of the space age, certain fundamental principles were laid down to govern such activities. It is peculiar to International Space Law that much of such fundamentals were agreeable by international community without major dissent and these principles direct, reflect and promote the global public interest in outer space. The concept to safeguard the interest of international community as whole, this, global public interest, is found in the provisions of Outer Space Treaty, which lays down the fundamental principles of space law. This article analyzes such provisions of the Outer Space Treaty which set forth the notion of global public interest in outer space, while also identifying areas where interpretation of these provisions has created a stir in global geopolitics or where they have turned inadequate to meet the advancement in means and methods of space explorations and suggestions to that effect are made for revisions or future regulatory initiatives.
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