Sunday, 6 September 2009

Renegotiating the Outer Space Treaty

Jim Prevor, in an article in this week's Weekly Standard, believes that he has found the answer. The Outer Space Treaty, negotiated and signed in the mid 1960s, has a clause that forbids its signatories from claiming territory in space. Neil Armstrong "came in peace for all mankind" and did not claim the Moon for the United States.

Claims of national sovereignty is the traditional way that a nation state defends property rights for private people and companies.

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