The 1967 Space Treaty

Bin Cheng

in Studies in International Space Law

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198257301
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681745 | DOI:
The 1967 Space Treaty

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This chapter details the events leading up to the ratification of the 1967 Space Treaty. The Space Treaty was born from the need to determine the legal status of celestial bodies before man’s landing on the moon, and based on a tacit agreement on the part of the super powers to forgo territorial claims and military activities on all celestial bodies. In converting into legally binding rules non-binding norms contained in successive General Assembly resolutions on the legal regime of outer space and celestial bodies and on international co-operation in their exploration and use, the treaty now provides a proper legal framework for future activities of States in this New World of the space age.

Keywords: international treaties; international law; space law; Space Treaty; territorial claims; military activities; celestial bodies

Chapter.  24632 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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