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Chapter 8 (pp. 177–199) in Space Tourism: The Elusive Dream, edited by Erik Cohen and Sam Spector, Tourism Social Science Series, Volume 25, Emerald Publishing, Bingley, UK, 2019.


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Space tourism has to be regulated as a subset of private spaceflight activities, whereby humans are sent to outer space in a fundamentally private context. In addition to space law, air law would be relevant for addressing private spaceflight, but neither regime has at the international level regulated relevant activities to any appreciable extent. They provide little more than a set of guiding overarching principles. Much of the onus of future regulation will fall on the shoulders of individual states, most notably the United States. In the more distant future, this may result in a special international regime, using elements of both space and air law.