Sixty Years of Development of International Space Law
34 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2016
Date Written: April 8, 2016
This paper provides an overview of the development of international space law over the past sixty years or so, primarily based on the research in space law carried out during the last three decades. The main purpose here is to briefly state the evolution of the global space governance system covering both the principles (and rules) of international space law, and the institutions through which they have been adopted, particularly highlighting their strength and weakness from the perspective of rule-making processes and achievement of the rule of law. This sporadic but analytically historical recount is carried out in order to determine, though not thoroughly, the efficacy of the space governance system for the years to come, when the number and scope of global space activities are expected to exponentially increase together with the dramatically changing number and nature of space actors. There will certainly be an unimaginable growth in space utilization benefits and, unfortunately, they could also be matched by mind-boggling risks to the whole of humanity.
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