Accession Number:

ADA370400

Title:

Space Warfare and the Future Law of War

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-10-27

Pagination or Media Count:

209.0

Abstract:

Publicists, scholars, and practitioners of international law have yet to produce a sustained analysis of the law of war as applied to armed conflict in outer space. Though no reported eases of armed conflict in space exist, the principal spacefaring nations have contemplated space warfare for decades. Concluding that the general legal regime regulating means and methods of warfare will apply to space combat, should it occur, this thesis attempts a preliminary examination. Chapter One presents a hypothetical space warfare scenario, followed by a chapter on the history of space militarization with a review of existing and foreseeable technology useful for space combat. Chapter Three analyzes the international legal regime governing armed conflict, drawing conclusions for space warfare where possible. Chapters Four and Five analyze the legal regime governing the corpus juris spatialis space law proper, as well as related treaties and instruments supplementing the legal norms for human activity in space, respectively. Chapter Six lays a foundational legal analysis for the application of the law of war to space combat, concluding with a section that addresses specific issues raised by such application.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Space Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE