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The Role Of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) In Space Activities And Space Law

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This chapter focuses on international non-governmental organizations (INGO) as non-profit-making private entities, as well as their place and role in the development of space law and space activities in general. After discussing the definitions, it determines the notion of INGOs: INGOs are organisations that are international in their membership, non-governmental in their activities and non-profit-making in their objectives. The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) played a very important role in the preparation of the three United Nations Conferences on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as well as the implementation of the documents adopted at these Conferences. The participation of INGOs in the creation of space law is analysed in terms of three phases of the international law-making process in general in which these organisations participate in the creation of legal norms in other branches of international law.

Keywords: COPUOS; international law; international non-governmental organisations (INGOs); space activities; space law



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