Space technologies are critical to diverse human activities including communication, education, navigation, and remote sensing, meteorology disaster management and military. Naturally, keeping the space assets secure has become a major necessity for the states. Any damage to such assets would lead to excruciating consequences. In order to ensure safety and security of these assets it is important to establish a mechanism for international cooperation relating to the activities in exploration and use of outer space. For this purpose the European Union (EU) had floated an idea of a code of conduct for activities in outer space in 2008. Over the last four years some discussions and deliberations on the draft circulated by the EU had taken place and certain modifications in their proposals have been carried out and accordingly the draft has been modified.
Appreciating the universality of this subject the EU has put forth this draft as an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities for multilateral negotiations. This book debates a range of issues in regard to this code and presents a diversity of views from experts representing various parts of the world. These discussions involve largely the geopolitical, technological and legal interpretations of this draft.
PART I: DEBATE
Space Code of Conduct: Inadequate Mechanism Space Code of Conduct: Inadequate MechanismA Response Deliberating the Space Code of Conduct
PART II: GENESIS
Europes Space Diplomacy Initiative: The International Code of Conduct Origins of and Rationale for a Space Code of Conduct Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures for Space Security
PPWT: An Overview
Space Treaty Mechanisms Outer Space: Multilateral Mechanisms
PART III: GLOBAL OPINION
Is There a Need for a Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities? Space Code of Conduct: What is at Stake? Treaty vs Resolution
Why States should Sign the Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities Japan, Space Security and Code of Conduct EU Code of Conduct on Activities in Outer Space: Issues that Matter
Space Code of Conduct: Right Step Forward Although not Perfect EU Draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities: Space Debris and Liability Convention Securing Space: Will Code of Conduct Discussions Help? A Perspective from Australia
International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities: An Important Stepping Stone Russian Approaches Towards Ensuring Security in Space The Future of the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities: From Mission Impossible to Mission Sustainable?
CoC: Need for a Holistic Approach The International Normative System and a Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities Space Code of Conduct: Need to Re-analyse
ICoC: Need of the Hour Supporting an International Code of Conduct for Space The Code of Conduct: A Useful First Step
International Code of Conduct for Outer Space: An Industry Perspective International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities Space Code of Conduct: An Indian Perspective Should India Conduct an ASAT Test Now?
Author: Ajey Lele (Ed)
Features: HB, PP