Exploring space through legal perspective

Zaara Zia

Jatin Budhiraja

6th Semester Students of B.A, LL.B (Hons.),
Amity University, Noida.


“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”John F. Kennedy

John F Kennedy could not summarise the proposition for space exploration in better words. Space exploration activities enable a country to test its limits and to put its resources in research and development for a better future. From the time that human beings realised the possibilities of outer space exploration, the conjecture of human ethics, inter-cooperation, legal rules, notions of liability expanded. The existing legal framework does provide the answers to various legal implications that are corollary of increased space activities, yet there are many aspects which remain unanswered due to prevailing ambiguities, which surely proves an obstacle for future generations. Mankind’s thirst for having the best in fastest possible time, without having to think of long term consequences, may prove fatal for space exploration. There exist various legal issues that need to be resolved for proper regulation of space activities. The Outer Space treaty of 1967 provides that the space is common heritage of all. It belongs to all of us. Undoubtedly, its use should be reflective of values of international cooperation. This article focuses on the various legal issues that emerge due to commercial activities and the liability of States.

Keywords: Space Law, Space Tourism, Space Insurance, Space law and intellectual property rights

Preferred Citation

Zaara Zia & Jatin Budhiraja, Exploring space through legal perspective, The Lex-Warrier: Online Law Journal (2018) 3, pp. 120 – 141, ISSN (O): 2319-8338

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