Innovating the Law: Fifty Years of the Outer Space Treaty
in Mahulena Hofmann & P.J. Blount, eds., Innovation in Outer Space: International and African Perspectives (Nomos Press)
Posted: 3 Jun 2019
Date Written: 2018
This chapter argues that the Outer Space Treaty represents a significant legal innovation in international law and that the treaty itself was designed to foster innovation through the use of broad principles that stabilize state interactions and at the same time allow for the development and change of space technology. Further, the Outer Space Treaty has allowed for legal innovation through a variety of mechanisms including domestic legislation and soft law that have increased multilateral interaction on space activities. Despite this and despite the fact that the Outer Space Treaty has effectively endured the past fifty years as a shining example of multilateralism, current geopolitics threaten it and the international system as a whole.
Keywords: Space Law, Outer Space Treaty, Innovation
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