Space Law

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.

TCLF ONE-ON-ONE| Bonus Ep. ft. Ms. Upasana Dasgupta: Indian Space Policy and Space Tourism

We are delighted to bring you all this special episode of TCLF One-On-One. We were honoured to host Ms. Upasana Dasgupta as our guest for this episode. Theme- Indian Space Policy, Space Tourism and the Outer Space Treaty  The Possibility of an Indian Space legislation. The Legal Challenges of Space Tourism. Data Governance in Outer …

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Transnational Data Laws Remote Sensing Satellite

Transnational Space Law in the 21st Century: What Laws Govern Data in Outer Space?

In this article, the author highlights the lacunae in traditional public international law with respect to data governance in outer space. To solve this issue, the author suggests reliance on the concept of ‘transnational law’ and states that surveillance by nations and data transfer by private entities should be governed through both private and public legal mechanisms.