International Law and Security in Outer Space: Now and Tomorrow

American Journal of International Law Unbound vol.113 (2019)

Emory Legal Studies Research Paper

5 Pages Posted: 17 May 2019

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Matthew T. King

Government of the United States of America - Air Force

Laurie R. Blank

Emory University School of Law

Date Written: May 1, 2019

Abstract

Once the domain of a few spacefaring nations, outer space has exploded with new actors, state and private, in recent years. New actors and activities bring new potential threats and concerns for new and existing actors alike. In this complex environment, where mistrust and misunderstanding often prevail, international law can play an important role in bridging gaps and creating predictability, clarity, and consistency. Although new treaty law is unlikely, the ordinary incremental international law processes of state practice, opinio juris, and international jurisprudence will help to resolve critical questions about the content and application of international law in outer space over time.

This essay highlights key security and strategic issues and challenges in outer space and examines essential legal questions and principles applicable to security and conflict in outer space.

Suggested Citation

King, Matthew T. and Blank, Laurie R., International Law and Security in Outer Space: Now and Tomorrow (May 1, 2019). American Journal of International Law Unbound vol.113 (2019); Emory Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3380803

Matthew T. King

Government of the United States of America - Air Force ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Laurie R. Blank (Contact Author)

Emory University School of Law ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
404-712-1711 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.emory.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/laurie-blank.html

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