The Development of Outer Space: Sovereignty and Property Rights in International Space Law

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In the United States, lobbies for the commercial development of space have become increasingly antagonistic toward the international legal regime of outer space, condemning the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and the unratified 1979 Moon Agreement as anti-business. The Development of Outer Space: Sovereignty and Property Rights in International Space Law argues that the res communis principle enshrined in the Outer Space Treaty was misrepresented here, with essential help from corporate lobbyists whose real object was the defeat of the Law of the Sea Convention. Thomas Gangale builds the legal case for reviving the moribund Moon Agreement as a prelude to negotiating a second Moon treaty to establish a regulatory regime for the exploitation of extraterrestrial resources.

The author's account of the inception and evolution of outer space law to date is deeply informed by his appreciation of such terrestrial considerations as the nation-state system, the contending economic theories of capitalism and communism, and the post-colonial struggle between the developed space-faring nations and the developing earthbound nations.

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". . .a unique niche interest work worth the read for those who are fascinated by the prospects of multiple nations settling human outposts on celestial bodies' off-Earth. . . it certainly is worth the read for anyone having a strong interest in space law and the economic development regimes of the nascent space economy coming rapidly in the 21st Century. To those with the niche interest, I say buy this book. It will make you think."


"Gangale (executive director of OPS-Alaska, an aerospace think tank) examines the legal issues of sovereignty and property that are likely to arise in outer space exploration and discusses how they can be managed by current and possible future international agreements."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313378232
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2009
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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