The Exploitation of Natural Resources of the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies

A Proposal for a Legal Regime

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The exploitation of natural resources of the moon and other celestial bodies represents one of the most fascinating developments in the fields of space law and space related activities. The mining and use of extraterrestrial mineral resources may not only contribute to the betterment of conditions of people on earth but may also enable the realization of projects such as those envisaging a permanent human presence on the surface of the moon and other celestial bodies.
The exploitation of lunar and other celestial bodies’ resources, however, requires an appropriate legal framework for it to develop in an orderly and peaceful manner, taking into consideration also such broader public concerns as regards security, safety and the environment. The current legal regime regulating activities in outer space lacks the required specific rules to govern the extraction and use of natural resources of the moon and other celestial bodies once being removed from their original location. This book tries to fill this gap by proposing a legal regime aimed at regulating the mining and exploitation of extraterrestrial natural resources for commercial purposes.
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Biographical Note

Fabio Tronchetti, Ph.D (2008) in International Law, International Institute of Air and Space Law, Faculty of Law, Leiden University, The Netherlands, is Associate Professor of Law at the Harbin Institute of Technology, People's Republic of China. He has published on space law issues in international journals and reviews such as Air and Space Law and the Korean Journal of Air and Space Law.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Abbreviations;
Chapter 1. Introduction;
Chapter 2. The Outer Space Treaty, the Moon Agreement and the 1996 Declaration on Space Benefits;
Chapter 3. The Common Heritage of Mankind;
Chapter 4. The management of international areas and their limited natural resources: the examples of Antarctica and ITU;
Chapter 5. Property rights in outer space: a crucial issue in the wake of the commercialisation of outer space and its resources;
Chapter 6. Elements of a legal regime to govern the commercial exploitation of extraterrestrial resources;
Chapter 7. Conclusion;
Annexes: Annex 1. Draft International Agreement on the exploitation of natural resources of the Moon and other celestial bodies; Annex 2. Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies; Annex 3. Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects; Annex 4. Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space;
Annex 5. Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies; Annex 6. 1962 (XVIII). Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space; Legal documents; Treaties and conventions; Declarations, principles and documents; Case Law; Bibliography; Books; Articles; Internet and web-based sources; Index.

Readership

All those interested in international space law, public international law, property rights in outer space, exploration and exploitation of celestial bodies and their natural resources as well as permanent human presence on the surface of the Moon and other celestial bodies.

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