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Space law is made up of a series of international instruments that regulate the activity of states and private persons in the universe in which no sovereignty exists. Space law was created in the framework of the United Nations when, in 1959, the General Assembly founded for this purpose the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The Vienna-based United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs serves as secretariat for the Committee. The Office disseminates space-related information to member states through its International Space Information System. Scholars regret a decline of the normative power of space law. The Outer Space Treaty of 1967, as an example, has been ratified by 98 states and signed by further 27 states. However, the Moon Treaty of 1979 counts only thirteen ratifications and 4 signatures (as of 1 January 2008).

Keywords: COPUOS; Outer Space Treaty; space law



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