Vol. 8 (2012)

Environmental Protection in Outer Space: Where we Stand and What is Needed to Make Progress with Regard to the Problem of Space Debris

Stephen Hobe

This paper provides a brief survey of current space law and its applicability to the problem of space debris. Starting from the definition of space debris, it asks what makes space debris a problem and thus a legal concern. Finally, it assesses the current space law framework with regard to legal rights and obligations to take preventive measures that address the risks posed by space debris; and the legal consequences in case such a risk materializes


Director, Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Cologne