Interesting news regarding the possible resurrection of the Moon Treaty, so far seen as a ‘failed’ treaty. The renewed interest shown by the U.S. (Vice-President Pence – back to the Moon by 2024), China, India, Israel, etc. is making many to reconsider the Moon Treaty of 1979 as the best path forward. See also “Simply fix the Moon Treaty ” – http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3408/1.
I spent the past week in a windowless room in Vienna, and had a really interesting and enjoyable time. I went as part of the SGAC delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) Legal Subcommittee (LSC). This was my third LSC, although my first as co-lead of the SGAC Space Law and Policy Project Group, and my fourth to COPUOS itself (my first trip to the UN in Vienna was for the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee). I always enjoy LSC but this year was particularly interesting.
Reading SGAC’s Statement to COPUOS LSC
COPUOS is the UN body primarily responsible for space governance and has been active since 1959, the dawn of the space age. There are two subcommittees, the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the Legal Subcommittee which report to the full committee which itself reports to the Fourth Committee of the UN General…
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