Legal Issues in Outer Space
The topic “Legal Issues in Outer Space” was incorporated into the agenda of the Organization following a proposal by the Republic of India during its Sixty-first Annual Session, which took place in Bali, Republic of Indonesia, from the 16th to the 20th of October 2023.
The proliferation of space activities by various states and non-state actors has led to unparalleled challenges concerning safety, security, environmental protection, and a host of pressing legal issues. These developments underscore the necessity for collaborative dialogue to establish forward-looking governance structures for outer space which adhere to principles of peace and inclusivity. During the Bali Annual Session, several Member States highlighted the critical need to preserve outer space exclusively for peaceful purposes, voicing their concerns regarding the potential weaponization of outer space.