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OUTER SPACE AFFAIRS: POLICIES, JURISDICTIONS, AND TREATIES

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OUTER SPACE AFFAIRS

A primer on the Policies, Jurisdictions, and Treaties of Space Law

Space law is the body of law governing the activities related to space. The field of space law encompasses numerous conventions, resolutions, UN agreements, and international agreements, policies and guidelines. The exploration of space is controlled by a complex series of international treaties and agreements which have been in place for years.

The body of law that we now call space law has its beginning in 1919 when international law first recognized each country’s sovereignty over the airspace directly above their territory. It was further strengthened by the Chicago convention of 1944. After the launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1957 and the creation of NASA in 1958, space law became a field independent from traditional aerospace law to support space exploitation initiatives.

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