The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal

“The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal (2021) 21 German Law Journal 2, Forthcoming

30 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2021 Last revised: 17 Feb 2021

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Elena Cirkovic

Aarhus University; University of Lapland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Media Laboratory

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

New forms of access to remote areas of the Earth and outer space are increasingly facilitated by technological and scientific advances now combined with growing privatization. This includes the many firms launching mega-constellations and planning future microgravity platforms. Space technology also delivers data crucial for monitoring climate change in remote regions of the Earth, such as the Arctic. The theoretical premise of the Article is that the non-human phenomena, like GHGs and orbital debris, are unpredictable and disruptive agents. They are unintended results of human activities, and in turn, have the capacity to affect all planetary life (human and non-human).

Keywords: Outer Space Law, Orbital Debris, Climate Change, Arctic Law, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Posthuman, Law Beyond the Human

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Cirkovic, Elena, The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal (2020). “The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal (2021) 21 German Law Journal 2, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3698246 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3698246

Elena Cirkovic (Contact Author)

Aarhus University ( email )

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DK-8000 Aarhus C, 8000
Denmark

University of Lapland ( email )

Rovaniemi, Lapland
Finland

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Media Laboratory ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

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