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Lecture | Studium Generale

Space Law

2 May 2018
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG Den Haag

Space law is a relatively new field of law that emerged after the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched into outer space in 1957. A number of international legal instruments governing the use of outer space for peaceful purposes was adopted within the framework of the UN since the late 1960s. The increased use by public and private entities made outer space contested, congested and competitive. This meant that the law also had to evolve, leading to the adoption of multilateral cooperation agreements, international guidelines, and national legislation. Exciting new opportunities now loom on the horizon, such as space mining, private spaceflight, mega-constellations of small satellites, or settling on Mars. This talk will provide some background on the international law of outer space and give some insight into the legal challenges that lie ahead.

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