An Analysis on the Legal Obligation of Spacefaring States for Space Debris Remediation and Mitigation

Vulkania Neysa Almandine(1*)

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Over the last few decades, mankind has constantly striven to understand and grasp the world around it. Some of the most profound breakthroughs in recent years are found in the course of the space exploration. Space venture is no longer only the domain of the most developed States. However, increased human activity in outer space has contributed to greater environmental threats. An increasing amount of space debris is being introduced into our cosmos. Varying in size yet deadly given its speed and possible radioactivity, debris contaminates the outer space environment and will eventual hamper further exploration.

This paper provides an analysis of the integral element of environmental law upon space law. Using elements of public space law and customary international law, it examines the res communis nature of outer space and the function of law in determining the extent of the obligation of space-faring states to preserve the spatial environment. An assessment of the present corpus juris spatialis highlights that definite implementation of such obligation remains wanting. The author concludes this paper by identifying the shortcomings of the present regulations on space debris, and provides recommendations to fill the legal void in space debris regulation.


Spacefaring States, Space Debris Remediation, Space Law

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