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The United Nations and the Development of International Law Relating to Outer Space

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/9780198257301.003.0008
The United Nations and the Development of International Law Relating to Outer Space

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This chapter discusses the work of the United Nations in the development of international space law. It covers resolutions, treaties, and conventions; procedure, the legal status of general assembly resolutions and the nature of general international law, and conditions governing international rule-making. These are worthy of attention, first, because of the intrinsic importance of this new branch of international law. Secondly, since the United Nations is likely to remain the main forum for the future development of general international space law, an understanding of the process whereby its work has been carried out will be of help in shaping its future approach to the subject. Lastly, a study of the subject may provide useful insights into the nature of general international law and the process of its formation; for in the development of space law in the United Nations one witnesses in effect, in almost laboratory conditions, the birth and growth of an entirely new branch of international law. UN resolutions, treaties, and conventions; and UN procedure, the legal status of general assembly resolutions and the nature of general international law, and conditions governing international rule-making are discussed.

Keywords: United Nations; international space law; international law; space law; international rule-making

Chapter.  29587 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law

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