DOI: 10.5553/IISL/2021064002004

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Governance of Space Resources: Efforts to Achieve an International Regime for Sustainable Space Resource Activities

Keywords Space Resources, Global Governance, International Regimes, Space Law, Space Sustainability
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    The working paper addresses global governance of space resources and its actions to fill regulatory gaps. It analyzes if the current governance scenario is designing a new international regime, which would go beyond a strictly legal regime, with specific principles, norms, rules and decision-making procedures to promote coordination and cooperation between all actors interested in the exploitation of space resources, and more adequately deal with present and future challenges. For this purpose, the research approaches space law and policy matters from the Theory of International Regimes’ perspective, accessing international, governmental and multi-stakeholder initiatives. The paper identifies that there is a general recognition of principles of space law and other congruences that could potentially lead to an international regime to govern space resources exploitation. Such a regime could establish permanent institutions based on converging expectations and contribute to the long-term sustainability of those activities.

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