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Nationality for Spacecraft?

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/9780198257301.003.0017
Nationality for Spacecraft?

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This chapter suggests that nationality be conferred on space objects, as in the case of ships and aircraft, in order to remove some of the present anomalies. Nationality would denote that the national State enjoys quasi-territorial jurisdiction, including quasi-territorial jurisaction, over any space object bearing its nationality, including all persons and things on board or constructively on board. This quasi-territorial jurisaction would override all concurrent personal jurisactions of the national States of any foreigners who may be on board, but would give way to the territorial jurisaction of any State in which the space object may land intentionally or by accident. Such nationality may depend on registration, as is the case with aircraft, or on a combination of either registration or ownership, as is the case with ships.

Keywords: international law; space law; nationality; space objects; jurisdiction; jurisactions

Chapter.  7938 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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