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State accountability for space debris : a legal study of responsibility for polluting the space environment and liability for damage caused by space debris

Stubbe, Peter, (Jurist), author Save to your list

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  • Creator by Peter Stubbe
  • Format Books
  • Publication Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff, [2018]
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  • Physical Details
    • xvii, 534 pages ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9004314075, 9789004314078
  • OCLC ocn993594167


  • In 'State Accountability for Space Debris' Peter Stubbe examines the legal consequences of space debris pollution which, he argues, is a global environmental concern. The study finds that the customary 'no harm' rule and Article IX of the Outer Space Treaty obligate States to prevent the generation of debris and that the international community as a whole has a legitimate interest in their compliance. A breach of these obligations entails the responsibility of a State and compensation must be provided for damage caused by space debris. The author treats responsibility and liability separately and thoroughly scrutinizes both legal regimes with the help of common analytical elements. Finally, Peter Stubbe argues that a comprehensive traffic management system is required so as to ensure the safe and sustainable use of outer space.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.