Seeing People: Using Satellites for the Benefit of All

Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2017

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: 2017

Abstract

This paper investigates how satellites can be used to advance humanitarian outcomes and suggest legal frameworks for these types of activities. It will argue that the “common interest of all mankind” standard found in international space law was intended to create a heightened obligation on the part of spacefaring nations to use satellites to respond to a variety of humanitarian causes, including refugee crises, natural and humanmade disasters, and genocide and other crimes against humanity. While this heightened standard does not always require direct action by states, it does require good faith efforts at cooperation mechanisms to ensure that the benefits of space are extended to vulnerable groups.

Keywords: Space Law, Human Rights Law

Suggested Citation

Blount, P. J., Seeing People: Using Satellites for the Benefit of All (2017). Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3388618

P. J. Blount (Contact Author)

Universite du Luxembourg - Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance ( email )

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University of Mississippi - School of Law ( email )

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University, MS 38677
United States

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