THE CRATERS IN OUR MOON: THE LEGAL LACUNA EXISTING IN MINING AND CONSULTATION IN OUTER SPACE

Anisha Agarwal & Ayushi Tiwari
College of Legal Studies, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun


Space has dependably been the last boondocks for human learning and creative energy. From connivances of outsider life to the conceivable production of feasible natural surroundings and settlements on Mars, the potential outcomes stay limitless. However, from a geopolitical viewpoint, Space is progressively turning into a basic methodology of State Power and Sovereignty. From the Space Race that started with the Cold War to the incorporation of digital systems and using space for the financial progression of individual country states today, there is a need to re-connect with our conventional epistemological comprehension of Outer Space. Though drafted with good intention, the treaty has lost its effect on issues regarding space mining and consultation among states. This paper throws some light on the above mentioned issues and how OST, despite some article being declared as customary international law fails to cover the same. The potential outcomes of space exploration are vast however there remains a need to develop and set up a steady and all around structured system that can help with struggle of de-heightening and emergency determination. Maybe fifty years after the commencement of treaty, the time has come to return to the bargain and equip it to deal with the remarkable difficulties postured by the interconnected postmodern globalized world we live in.


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