Global Space Governance
Monograph Series III: Global Space Governance
Edited by: Ram Jakhu, Kuan-Wei Chen and Yaw Nyampong
Since the dawn of space age and the subsequent adoption of various space treaties and resolutions in the last century, the international legal regime governing space activities has remained largely unchanged. However, in the span of mere decades, the world has seen dramatic changes in the ways space is accessed and used. Unforeseen during the formulation of the current space governance regime, the privatisation and commercialisation of space, the proliferation of space actors and the spectre of space becoming a theatre for conflict are just some of the issues which can have serious implications for the future of space activities and humanity. To safeguard the peace, sustainability and welfare of our global village, it is imperative that our collective future and activities in outer space are guided by the rule of law and order.
As the third publication of the Centre’s Monograph Series, this book contains selected papers presented at the 2nd Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance, which took place on 29-31 May 2014 in Montreal, Canada. The event was the most comprehensive meeting of academics, subject-matter experts and officials from various space agencies and militaries, since the last United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) in 1999.
The various chapters of the book, written by an array of renowned international scholars, professionals and diplomats, address the meaning and significance of “global space governance” from sociological, legal, economic, environmental and policy perspectives. It is a seminal and truly interdisciplinary work that delves into new ideas aimed at fashioning and ensuring the exploration and use of outer space are for peaceful purposes and in the interest of humankind.