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October 25, 2006


Patrick S. O'Donnell

Excellent, timely analysis of something that should indeed concern us all. I will do my best to circulate your post on this topic among colleagues and friends. I've been rather surprised at how little there appears to be 'out there' in the spirit of your comments.

Travis Hodgkins

Thanks, Patrick. All of us at TLB appreciate your support. Although it doesn't seem as pressing as the issues currently confronting our nation here on the Earth's surface, I strongly believe that the policies set today regarding outer space and celestial bodies will be of great concern by the close of the century. We are the progenitors of space law policies and precedents that will determine the course of humanity.

As pointed out by Opinio Juris, "Space law is truly a new area of law and is in many ways unburdened by custom. The law of outer space, such as it is, is likely to be all about treaties. But if it is going to be custom driven at all, I imagine that (uncontroversially), its rules will largely be developed unilaterally by various U.S. Presidents over the next few decades."

As opposed to the CIL of international waters, the customs of space law are currently being set by 3 countries (the USA, Russia, and China)! And although the UN has spoken on the subject, we all know that doesn't seem to bind the USA (e.g. America's infamous disregard for the UN's view on the death penalty and human rights). I highly encourage everyone to cogitate on space law and how they want future generations to interact a 100 miles or a 100 lightyears from the Earth's surface.

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