Why Should Article II of the Outer Space Treaty Be Reconsidered?

4 Baku St. U. L.Rev. 94 (2018)
Article language: Azerbaijani.

The finite character of natural resources of the earth and growth of human population makes the need for resources outside the earth inevitable. Although space mining ventures is getting increased all over the world current space law does not offer effective legal regulation for this human activity. In particular, non-appropriation principle enshrined in the article II of the “Outer Space Treaty” creates legal uncertainties with regard to space mining. This article seeks to show how vague character of article II affects the legality of the extraction and use of natural resources of the outer space. At the same time it is showed that how space law evolved since the 1950s. The importance of space mining and new ventures in this area are also discussed.

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