Space Security Law

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences (Oxford University Press)

Posted: 4 Jun 2019

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P. J. Blount

Universite du Luxembourg - Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance; University of Mississippi - School of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

The use and exploration of space by humans is historically implicated with international and national security. Space exploration itself was sparked, in part, by the race to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), and the strategic uses of space enable the global projection of force by major military powers. The recognition of space as a strategic domain spurred states to develop the initial laws and policies that govern space activities to reduce the likelihood of conflict. Space security, therefore, is a foundational concept to space law.

Since the beginning of the Space Age, the concept of security has morphed into a multivariate term, and contemporary space security concerns more than just securing states from the dangers of ICBMs. The prevalence of space technologies across society means that security issues connected to the space domain touch on a range of legal regimes. Specifically, space security law involves components of international peace and security, national security, human security, and the security of the space environment itself.

Keywords: Space Law, Space Security, Law of Armed Conflict, Disarmament

Suggested Citation

Blount, P. J., Space Security Law (2018). in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences (Oxford University Press). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3388592

P. J. Blount (Contact Author)

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University of Mississippi - School of Law ( email )

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