“Space law can be described as the body of law governing space-related activities. Space law, much like general international law, comprises a variety of international agreements, treaties, conventions, and United Nations General Assembly resolutions as well as rules and regulations of international organizations. The term "space law" is most often associated with the rules, principles and standards of international law appearing in the five international treaties and five sets of principles governing outer space which have been developed under the auspices of the United Nations. In addition to these international instruments, many states have national legislation governing space-related activities.
Space law addresses a variety of matters, such as, for example, the preservation of the space and Earth environment, liability for damages caused by space objects, the settlement of disputes, the rescue of astronauts, the sharing of information about potential dangers in outer space, the use of space-related technologies, and international cooperation. A number of fundamental principles guide the conduct of space activities, including the notion of space as the province of all humankind, the freedom of exploration and use of outer space by all states without discrimination, and the principle of non-appropriation of outer space. The Office provides information and advice, upon request, to governments, non-governmental organizations and the general public on space law in order to promote understanding, acceptance and implementation of the international space law agreements concluded under United Nations auspices.” (UNOOSA, 2019a) "The Committee has concluded five international treaties and five sets of principles on space-related activities." (UNOOSA, 2019b)
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"Space Law Treaties and Principles". United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, UNOOSA. 2019b.
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Interview with Ruvimbo Samanga
The Global Space Conference on Climate Change (GLOC) 2023
The Global Space Conference on Climate Change 2023 (GLOC 2023) will contribute to the global efforts to better understand and battle climate change through the use of space-based services and applications. First conference of its kind, GLOC 2023 is designed to encourage the sharing of programmatic, technical and policy information, as well as collaborative solutions, challenges, lessons learnt, and paths forward among all nations.
GLOC 2023 will focus on the theme
Research Fellow (UNECA, Open Lunar Foundation)
Ruvimbo Samanga studied Law at the University of Pretoria up to Masters Level. Her Masters dissertation was on the Investment and Space Policy aspects of satellite technology in Zimbabwe’s mining sector. She is the National Point of Contact for the UN Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) for Zimbabwe as well as the National Representative for Women in Aerospace Africa (WIAA), Zimbabwe chapter.