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1 Dispute Settlement in International Space Law

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This chapter critically assesses the existing procedures of dispute settlement in international space law. It looks at the three UN treaties that contain provisions for dispute settlement: The 1967 Outer Space Treaty, the 1972 Liability Convention, and the 1979 Moon Agreement. The chapter presents a brief look at UN General Assembly resolutions, various inter-governmental and regional organizations’ methods of dispute settlement, as well as provisions for dispute settlement in bilateral and project-based agreements. It then analyzes the recent efforts by the United Nations, the International Law Association, the International Institute of Space Law, and other organizations to establish an international instrument for dispute settlement in space law Procedures for dispute settlement in international space law are few and far in between.

Keywords: 1967 outer space treaty; 1972 liability convention; 1979 moon agreement; bilateral agreements; dispute settlement; inter-governmental organization; international space law; project-based agreements; regional organizations; UN general assembly resolutions



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