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The Progressive Development Of International Space Law By The United Nations And Its Present System

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This chapter attempts to characterise and evaluate the creation of an international legal basis for space activities as developed by the United Nations through its Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and its Legal Subcommittee. Problems and the prospects for further growth upon this basis is also briefly examined. The nature of the space law system as part of current international law is outlined. The UN Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, approved by General Assembly Resolution 1962 (XVIII) on 13 December 1963, became the first outcome of the law-making process. The Legal Subcommittee is currently concentrating on specific questions connected with existing treaties, particularly those relating to the Liability and Registration Conventions as applied by States and international space organisations in the light of new and expected practices in space activities.

Keywords: COPUOS; international space law; United Nations



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