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Emerging Legal Issues in Sub-Orbital Flight and Colonization under International Air and Space Law

  • King James Nkum
  • Beida Onivehu Julius
Keywords: INTERNATIONAL LAW; SPACE TOURISM; COMMERCIALIZATION

Abstract

Space exploration activities constitute an important part of International Air and Space Law. Space Law, which governs matters in outer space beyond the Earth's atmosphere, is a rather new area of law and is to a very large extent connected to Air Law. Not only have we witnessed a tremendous increase in air travel recently, human activities in space has also skyrocketed. Sub-orbital flight and colonization (also known as space tourism) is one of such developments in space activities today and is not without legal implications. This article seeks to x-ray and situates some of these legal issues emerging out of contemporary space exploration activities against the overarching framework of the UN Space Treaties. 

Published
2019-08-27