The Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, to give the instrument its official title, was throughout its long period of gestation, always referred to as the Moon Treaty,1 by which name, on account of, if nothing else, its brevity, the treaty will no doubt continue to be generally known in practice. This agreement, which was opened for signature on 18 December 1979, has the distinction of being the first treaty to give effect in international law to the concept of 'the common heritage of mankind'. In effect the United...
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