International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities - Perspectives for India

Rao, Mukund and Murthi, KR Sridhara (2014) International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities - Perspectives for India. Report. Observer Research Foundation.

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    Abstract: Over the past four years, an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, which owes its origin to an initiative by the EU, had been undergoing a process of international consultations. The original draft has seen several modifications to give it greater acceptance among the community of world nations. The most recent draft, ‘Version 16 September 2013’, resulting from the Open-Ended Consultations held in May 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine, represents tremendous progress in building support of the international community but it has yet to gain the complete support of some of the key space players. This Code (http://eeas.europa.eu/nonproliferation- and-disarmament/pdf/space_code_conduct_draft_vers_16_sept_2013_en.pdf - we refer to the paras and boxes in this document) is intended to form a regime of transparency and confidence-building measures, a complement to the normative framework regulating outer space activities. A key characteristic of the code, which is also central to the backing it enjoys from some of its staunch supporters, is that it is open to subscription by all states but it is not legally binding. Nevertheless, the code is a significant effort to promote the responsible use of space for common benefit, preserving the principle of freedom of access to space by all. While the code aims at enhancing safety, security, and sustainability of Outer Space activities, the question remains as to whether it will be an adequate step for ensuring these in totality.
    Item Type: Monograph (Report)
    Subjects: School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Projects
    Divisions: Schools > Natural Sciences and Engineering
    Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 10:36
    Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 10:36
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/899

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