Space law is the body of law that regulates objects and activities beyond the Earth's atmosphere. Initially, it emerged as a subset of public international law, consisting primarily of treaties and soft law instruments that govern the conduct of state actors. Over time, space law has expanded to encompass domestic laws and regulations enacted by national governments, as well as private international law, which governs relations among non-state actors of different nationalities.
This guide is designed to help researchers identify relevant secondary sources (treatises, books, and journal articles) about space law and to quickly locate the full texts of primary law materials, including treaties and soft law instruments at the international level, and domestic laws and regulations at the national level. It also provides links to the websites of relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, national and regional space agencies, selected U.S. government agencies, and specialized news sources.
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For questions about the related topic of aviation law, consult the Law Library's Aviation Law Research Guide.