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Part II The United Nations and Outer Space, 8 The United Nations and the Development of International Law Relating to Outer Space

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):
Outer space — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Treaties, interpretation
The United Nations celebrates this year 1985 its fortieth anniversary. One of its most important achievements during the first 40 years of its existence is its rôle in the development of international space law since man first entered outer space 28 years ago with the successful launching of Sputnik I. However, the United Nations almost drifted into this rôle, if not exactly by accident, at least by default. Its organ principally responsible for this achievement is the General Assembly's Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), whilst the official...
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