Since the 1960s, United Nations members have worked together to create a framework of treaties, agreements and accords that set the rules for space exploration. Because space law is made up of several different agreements, it can be difficult to understand exactly how it works. In this video, legal scholar Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty outlines the evolution of space law from the space race era to current commercial space flight missions. Despite space law progress, commercial resource exploitation is still vaguely defined. The private sector is on the verge of making mining activities a reality which could spark the creation of an entirely new economic sector. The international community must come together to create improved legal frameworks and ensure that space resource exploitation benefits all of humankind equitably.
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