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Outer Space: The International Legal Framework—the International Legal Status of Outer Space, Space Objects, and Spacemen

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/9780198257301.003.0013
Outer Space: The International Legal Framework—the International Legal Status of Outer Space, Space Objects, and Spacemen

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Space law, as it now exists, is not an independent legal system. It is merely a functional classification of those rules of international law and of municipal law relating to outer space, natural or man-made objects in outer space, spacemen, and man’s activities in outer space. This chapter focuses on those rules of public international law which, by defining the legal status of outer space, space objects and spacemen, provide the international legal framework for the activities of States and of their astronauts in outer space.

Keywords: space law; public international law; municipal law; outer space; space objects; spacemen; astronauts

Chapter.  19326 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law

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