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be interpreted and applied. The methodology is neatly summarised as follows: The interpretation of an international convention the purpose of which is the unification of law cannot be done by reference to the domestic law of one of the contracting States. If the treaty text calls for interpretation

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Thomas Gangale

” simply meant negotiation among states. As for the legal issues, these should be analyzed according to a methodology similar to that which is prescribed for deciding cases before the International Court of Justice in Article 38 of the Court’s statute: The Court, whose function is to decide in accordance

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Thomas Gangale

his analysis of the SATCAT database. The methodology was as follows: More than 45,300 cases were converted to a spreadsheet. 289 cases of perigees below 100 kilometers were extracted. Perigee, apogee and semimajor axis data were compared. Where [½ (perigee + apogee) + Earth’s radius] did not equal

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Thomas Gangale

methodology which held a promise of acquiring understanding; really, it was the absence of methodology. Most lawyers knew so little about outer space in 1960 that the prospect of comprehending its nature was overwhelming. If defining and delimiting outer space were beyond human comprehension, the only resort