by Prof. Dr. Frans von der Dunk

‘Tourism’ is about leisure activities and/or visiting interesting sites – so what about ‘space tourism’? Indeed, one needs to distinguish fundamentally between various destinations in outer space, which also clarifies which operators are in the business and what (other) activities they have on offer. The international legal framework is principally provided by space treaties such as the Outer Space Treaty and the Liability Convention, and (to some extent) the Chicago Convention. At a national level, only the United States has adopted detailed legislation on ‘space tourism’. In the European Union, in the absence of EU competence, individual Member States’ laws rule. However, the only European country that has national law at least addressing ‘space tourism’, is the United Kingdom.


Space Tourism