Weaponisation of Outer Space: Emerging Legal-Political Interface

"Queer is man, who aims at conquering the heavens, when his own world lies in shackles."

Mankind it seems can never be satisfied with all that it has achieved. It appears to be a never ending race to bring within grasp the most cherished thought of being the sole depository of power and wisdom. It however appears that in this long drawn struggle wisdom in the true sense of the word has lost its meaning. Today it seems that the race for world dominance has edged man into a territory that may be said to be previously unthinkable; that place is space.
In a formerly bi-polar world that is currently uni-polar and apparently headed towards a multi-polar future, it seems that this competition is getting more and more reckless. Countries like the United States of America, Russia and China have been the forerunners in developing the technology that would give them an edge over others in outer space. Apparently one who controls the skies and the stars in the 21st century will command world domination. These developments leading up to weaponisation or militarization of outer space have come up despite various conventions and treaties such as the Outer Space Treaty (1967) and Space Preservation Treaty (2006). Apparently a strong global consensus against the same has been undermined by the presence of existing and emerging superpowers.
The paper examines the present state of affairs and explores the implications of weaponisation of outer space for the emerging global order and the future of mankind.

Chaturvedi, P. 2010, "Weaponisation of Outer Space: Emerging Legal-Political Interface". In: Lux et Veritas, Journal of Baroda School of Legal Studies, Baroda School of Legal Studies, MS University, Vadodara, Gujarat.


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