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6 Development of the Law: Implementing the Multi-Door Courthouse for Outer Space

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The increased acceptance of compulsory dispute settlement procedures in contemporary multilateral legal régimes is a definite reflection of fundamental structural shifts in international society. It is submitted that a Protocol for the Multi-Door Courthouse (MDC) for Outer Space would be the best possible means of establishing the legal framework for dispute settlement. The UN Rules for the Conciliation of Disputes between States requested by the General Assembly is one good example of model clauses that can be adopted by parties to a particular dispute. Four alternative models for the promotion of the accession of parties to the proposed MDC for Outer Space are provided by: the UNCLOS approach to the law of the sea, the framework-protocol approach of several recent environmental treaties, the Ottawa process approach of the land mines campaign, and the work of the International Law Commission.

Keywords: contemporary multilateral legal régimes; dispute settlement; international law commission; multi-door courthouse (MDC); outer space; UN rules; UNCLOS approach



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