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Published in Space Policy 12:1 (February 1996), pp. 5-8. Copyright © 1996, Elsevier Ltd.


With the enormous increase of space activities the question arises as to what extent law does or should play a role in preserving the interests of mankind at large in the use of outer space. Furthermore, it should be asked whether the present legal framework requires only slight modification, or a complete overhaul, in order to cope with these developments. It is concluded that the law as it stands today provides a largely satisfactory regime for the time being, whereas establishment of a new regime from stratch would create far more problems than it would solve.