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Part III United Nations Treaties on Outer Space, 12 The Moon Treaty: Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and other Celestial Bodies within the Solar System other than the Earth

From: Studies in International Space Law

Bin Cheng

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 October 2022

Subject(s):
Spacecraft, satellites, and space objects — Treaties, scope (temporal and territorial)
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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