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From General Principles To Practicable Rules

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This chapter discusses the difficulties evident in creating international norms using the conventional techniques in treaty-making. Traditionally, international rules have been established through the adoption of legally binding agreements by states; the five United Nation (UN) space treaties from the 1960s and 1970s are no exception. However, the process of setting norms through international treaties has certain severe weaknesses, ones affecting space law as much as, if not more than, and other fields. In principle, the effects of space activities can affect all of humanity Environmental impact assessment (EIA) contributes to the ongoing nature of international environmental management through the continuous accumulation of knowledge concerning the potential environmental impacts of a particular plan concurrently with the process of project planning. The chapter examines the dispute settlement methods provided by the existing instruments of the international law of outer space.

Keywords:dispute settlement methods; Environmental impact assessment (EIA); international law; precautionary principle; project planning; United Nation (UN) space treaties



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