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Part IV Outer Space, Astronauts, and Space Objects, 17 Nationality for Spacecraft?

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: 26 November 2022

Subject(s):
Spacecraft, satellites, and space objects — Territoriality — Sovereignty — Jurisdiction of states, nationality principle
International law distinguishes between subjects of international law and objects of international law. Subjects of international law are entities endowed with international legal personality. International legal personality is the legal capacity to bear and to exercise rights and to incur and to carry out obligations under international law. Those who are capable of doing so are subjects of international law. Today the primary subjects of international law are States, namely territorially organized entities which are, and which are recognized as, sovereign and...
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