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United Nations Resolutions on Outer Space: ‘Instant’ International Customary Law?

Bin Cheng

in Studies in International Space Law

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198257301
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681745 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198257301.003.0007
United Nations Resolutions on Outer Space: ‘Instant’ International Customary Law?

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The General Assembly of the United Nations has no legislative power. Nevertheless, two of its resolutions on outer space, resolution 1721A (XVI) of 20 December 1961 and resolution 1962 (XVIII) of 13 December 1963, have often been hailed as ‘the first chapter in the book of space law’. This chapter examines the legal status of these resolutions. It is hoped that, in doing so, some light may also be shed on the nature of the so-called international ‘customary’ law.

Keywords: United Nations; outer space; space law; international customary law; resolution 1721A (XVI); resolution 1962 (XVIII)

Chapter.  12318 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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