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Outer Space Law

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Major Treaties and Conventions

Outer Space Treaty

Formally known as the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, the Outer Space Treaty provides the basic framework of international space law.


The Rescue Agreement

Formally known as the Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space, the Rescue Agreement elaborates on Articles 5 and 8 of the Outer Space Treaty.


The Liability Convention

Formally known as the Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects, the Liability Convention elaborates on Article 7 of the Outer Space Treaty.


The Registration Convention

Formally known as the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space, the Registration Convention builds on the Outer Space Treaty, Rescue Agreement, and Liability Convention.


The Moon Agreement

Formally known as the Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, the Moon Agreement reaffirms and elaborates on many of the provisions in the Outer Space Treaty. The U.S. is not a signatory to this agreement.


Limited Test Ban Treaty

Formally known as the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Under Water, the Limited Test Ban Treaty places limits on the testing of nuclear weapons in outer space.

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