by Laetitia Cesari Zarkan

State responsibility plays a significant part in international space law, functioning as the position of authority over national activities, but also of authorization and continuing supervision. Responsibility in space law covers the activities carried out by governmental agencies and non-governmental entities, as well as international organizations. 

State Parties to the Outer Space Treaty take the blame if national space activities do not conform with their international obligations, hence the need to grant authorizations, generally combined with technical and administrative requirements to meet, to better monitor their governmental agencies’ and non-governmental entities’ endeavors. Authorization often comes with registration of the objects launched into outer space and, therefore, jurisdiction and control over such objects or component parts.


Responsibility in Space Law