Public International Law - Space Law

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Research Methodology

Hypothesis
This paper is an attempt to understand the efficiency of existing Airspace & Outer space laws at the international stage. Research Questions
This project will explore the answers to certain questions
* To understand the position of Airspace law?
* To understand the position of Outer space law?
* To analyze the role of existing policies & laws on Airspace & Outer space? * The Difficulties in Definition: Outer Space and Air Space? Method of writing
* This project has been predominantly written in an analytical and descriptive style. Sources of Data
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I have primarily referred to primary & secondary sources, such as UN policies on the subject, precedents and commentaries by various legal luminaries, in the course of writing this paper. A full list of the sources of data used in this paper is provided in the bibliography. -------------------------------------------------

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Space Law……………………………………………….3 The Basic principles of Space Law……………………………………..5
………………….United Nations Treaties and Principles on Space Law Airspace Law………………………………………………………8 ………………….Controlled Airspace
………………….Uncontrolled Airspace
The Difficulties in Definition………………………………………9 Outer Space and Air Space
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Conclusion………………………………………………………….15 -------------------------------------------------
Bibliography………………………………………………………..16 -------------------------------------------------

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Introduction to Space Law

Space law is an area of the law that encompasses national and international law governing activities in outer space. International law and Jursits have been unable to agree on a uniform definition of the term "outer space," although the most widely accepted definition : outer space generally begins at the lowest altitude above sea level at which objects can orbit the Earth, approximately 100 km (62 miles).

Space law can be described as the body of law applicable to and governing space-related activities. The term "space law" is most often associated with the rules, principles and standards of international law appearing in the five international treaties and five sets of principles governing outer space which have been elaborated under the auspices of the United Nations Organization. However, space law also includes international agreements, treaties, conventions, rules and regulations of international organizations (eg. the International Telecommunications Union), national laws, rules and regulations, executive and administrative orders, and judicial decisions. States which have national law and legislation governing space-related activities include inter alia Argentina, Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Sweden, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America. Space Law is a component of international law. International law is based on treaties developed by committees or conferences which inevitably defer to two absolutes: (1) The language, attempting to be all things to all people, will be both wording and awkward; an (2) Treaties...
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