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UCT SpaceLab student contributes a chapter to a book on space law

14 Mar 2018 - 11:30

The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 has played a central role in global space governance over the past fifty years of the space age. The space arena today is vastly different from what it was when the treaty was adopted at the height of the Cold War. At the time it was adopted, one of the main drivers of this treaty was to avoid military conflicts in outer space. However, 50 years later the Treaty is having to be used in a very different political and economic environment, with an ever increasing number, diversity and complexity of space activities, and the emergence of different space actors from the public and private sectors. 

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty in 2017, the European Space Policy started a book project to explore where the next generation considers room for improvement of the Outer Space Treaty in order to cope with upcoming aspects, such as providing solutions for the emerging commercial, economic, environmental and social questions. The book, titled "A fresh view on the Outer Space Treaty", has just been published by Springer.

This volume comprises the following contributions by a number of young authors from around the world. Gairiseb contributed a chapter titled "Intentional Destruction of Satellites in Relation to International Peace and Security". A full description of the book is available here.

Gairiseb is pictured above receiving a complimentary copy of the book from the editor, Dr Annette Froehlich, of the European Space Policy Institute.