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Space digging: Controlling mining in outer space requires a resurgence of multilateralism

In April, Donald Trump signed an executive order formalising the US policy on space mining by allowing the exploitation of off-earth resources. This has underlined the need for a global consensus and an international regulatory framework.
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11 May 2020 3 Mins Read 2 comments
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The White House executive order on “encouraging international support for the recovery and use of space resources” that came out in April 2020 created an immediate global outburst of discussions. While it is more or less an extension of previous US positions, it has new legal, political, and diplomatic ramifications due to the timing of its publication, when
resources has led us on earth, sustainability and equitability can still be enacted in outer space before the damage is caused. (The author is the president of the International Institute of Space Law, which is the global association of space lawyers from almost 50 countries. From 2014 to 2016, he was the chairman of the Uncopuos Legal Subcommittee.)
The White House executive order on “encouraging international support for the recovery and use of space resources” that came out in April 2020 created an immediate global outburst of discussions. While it is more or less an extension of previous US positions, it has new legal, political, and diplomatic ramifications due to the timing of its publication, when resources has led us on earth, sustainability and equitability can still be enacted in outer space before the damage is caused. (The author is the president of the International Institute of Space Law, which is the global association of space lawyers from almost 50 countries. From 2014 to 2016, he was the chairman of the Uncopuos Legal Subcommittee.)

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