November 2023

Synchronising the interpretation of Article VII of the Outer Space Treaty and State Obligations with the growth of Private Players in Space

In this post, the author attempts to explore the divergent perspectives held by the United States, Europe, and India on the phrase “procures the launch” in defining a “launching State.” While the USA traditionally maintains a conservative stance, excluding non-state actors from liability, Europe and India have been more inclusive. The article advocates for the USA to reconsider its position, suggesting amendments to legislation that would acknowledge government involvement in private launches, even beyond its territorial jurisdiction. By embracing a broader definition of a ‘launching state’ and adopting joint and several liability, the USA can align its space regulations with international standards, fostering a balance between private space exploration and global responsibility.

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Capital of a State: The Question of Who Decides?

In this post, the author delves into the complex socio-legal issues surrounding the decision to have three capitals in Andhra Pradesh and critically examines through historical events, legal provisions, and judicial precedents, the constitutional power of state governments to change or decide the State Capital against Centre’s will.

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BNPL in India: A Convenient Solution with a Dark Side

In this post, the author addresses the exponential growth of India’s fintech sector, particularly highlighting the rise of Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) services driven by a lack of specific regulatory frameworks. They elucidate how while some companies offering BNPL are under NBFC regulations, there’s a need for tailored guidelines to oversee and protect consumers engaging in BNPL transactions. The article further discusses the burgeoning concerns in India’s BNPL market, advocating for a more encompassing regulatory approach to mitigate issues like transparency, fraud, and data protection, aiming to bolster consumer confidence and legitimacy in these services.

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