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Definitional Issues in Space Law: the ‘Peaceful Use’ of Outer Space, including the Moon and other Celestial Bodies

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/9780198257301.003.0019
Definitional Issues in Space Law: the ‘Peaceful Use’ of Outer Space, including the Moon and other Celestial Bodies

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Insofar as definitional issues in space law are concerned, there is one the present development of which gives rise to grave anxiety. This is the definition of the term ‘peaceful’, particularly as used in Article IV(2) of the 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Celestial Bodies (Space Treaty), and Article 3(a) of the 1979 Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (Moon Treaty). The current development, if unchecked, can produce serious consequences in many fields of international law. It, therefore, deserves wide attention and discussion, which should not be confined merely to the specialists.

Keywords: international law; space law; peaceful use; international treaties

Chapter.  4697 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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