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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Space Law

Michael Byers, Andrew Simon-Butler

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 June 2024

Subject(s):
Spacecraft, satellites, and space objects — Arms control — Jurisdiction of states, extra-territorial — International peace and security

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Although outer space (‘space’) comprises all of the Universe beyond the airspace of our planet, international space law (‘space law’) applies only in those areas beyond Earth that are currently accessible to human activity. Accordingly, the geographic reach of space law is continuously expanding as astronauts and especially robotic spacecraft travel to new locations. For wherever any form of exploration and use of space is undertaken, whether within the vast vacuum of space or upon celestial bodies such as the Moon, other planets, moons, asteroids or comets, the...
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