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. International Responsibility and Liability of States for National Activities in Outer Space, Especially by Non-governmental Entities

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/9780198257301.003.0024
. International Responsibility and Liability of States for National Activities in Outer Space, Especially by Non-governmental Entities

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Most States have subscribed to the principle, albeit by treaty, that States bear international responsibility for national activities in outer space, carried on whether by State agencies or by non-governmental entities, and international liability for damage caused by space objects launched by them or their components. This wholesale assumption of direct State responsibility and international liability for the acts of non-governmental entities is quite unprecedented. Since then, activities in outer space have long entered the era of exploitation and commercial use, including in particular commercial exploitation by non-governmental entities. The implications of this situation on the principle of direct international responsibility and liability for national activities in outer space appear to be still little appreciated. The legal position in any event is somewhat obscure, especially since not all the relevant multilateral treaties on outer space are necessarily consistent on the subject. It merits careful examination.

Keywords: international law; space law; international responsibility; international liability; national activities

Chapter.  8705 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law

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