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Militarization of Space: International Law

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International Law

Section of international law that is concerned with outer space and activities conducted in the outer space is allocated under the Space Law. International law is also concerned with the security threats which result from use of and activities authorized by sovereign states in space.
Space Law
Space law is composed of a collection of rules and treaties regarding use of and conduct of activities in outer space in order to prevent conflicts concerning the use of space and diminish threats in security due to use of space. The following documents define the use of outer space and related activities.
  • Conventions
    • Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects
      1 September 1972
    • The Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space
      15 September 1976
  • Acts
    • Canadian Space Agency Act, 1990
    • Aeronautics Act, 1985
  • Treaties
    • Treaty on principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies
      Oct 10, 1967
    • Antiballistic Missile Defense Treaty
  • Agreements
    • Agreement on Rescue of Astonauts, the Return of Astronauts, and the Return of Objects Launched into the Outer Space. Dec 3, 1968.
    • Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies. 11 July 1984
  • Declarations
    • The Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Uses of Outer Space
      General Assembly resolution 1962 (XVIII) of 13 December 1963
    • The Declaration on International Cooperation in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for the Benefit and in the Interest of All States, Taking into Particular Account the Needs of Developing Countries
      Resolution 51/122 of 13 December 1996
  • Legal Principles
    • The Principles Governing the Use by States of Artificial Earth Satellites for International Direct Television Broadcasting
    • The Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Outer Space
    • The Principles Relevant to the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space

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