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Published in the Proceedings of the 46th Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space (2003): 450-453. Copyright 2003, Frans von der Dunk. Used by permission.


Recounts the history and background of the 1976 Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space, otherwise known as the "Registration Convention." This convention, drawn up by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, was the fourth treaty exclusively dedicated to outer space. A mere 44 states are parties to the Convention, and it is suggested here that greater enforcement of the Convention as it stands may be the best tool to encourage other parties' ratification of the Convention.