Insight - 2017 and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty
By Christopher D. Johnson, Space Law Advisor
2017 brings the fiftieth anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, the foundational and most important international legal instrument governing humankind’s activities in outer space. It is safe to say that every activity conducted in outer space - whether by space agencies and militaries, or by private companies and universities - is done in the context of this binding legal instrument. Negotiated during the tense and uncertain Cold War geopolitical environment of the mid-1960s, the Outer Space Treaty continues to serve as an impressive and inspiring case study in resourceful, ambitious, and successful diplomacy...continue reading.