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Part I International Law and Space Law, 5 The Extraterrestrial Application of International Law

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):
Outer space — Airspace — Spacecraft, satellites, and space objects — Jurisdiction of states, extra-territorial
At the dawn of the space age, doubt in one form or another was often expressed, not least by various Members of the United Nations, whether international law as such was from the very beginning applicable to outer space. Thus some 'stressed that there was as yet no international law governing outer space,'1 while others were 'not sure that international law, as we know it on earth, can or ought, mutatis mutandis, to be extended to outer space.'2 This hesitancy towards the 'extension' of international law to outer space is due sometimes to a romantic notion that is...
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