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Dilemmas for Planetary Defense Posed by the Current International Law Framework

  • Nikola SchmidtEmail author
  • Martin Švec
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Part of the Space and Society book series (SPSO)

Abstract

The chapter opens with an introduction to the general legal regime in outer space. We are focusing on topics that are accentuated throughout the book, to discuss under what conditions various ideas would be realizable or what unintended consequences various decisions would cause. The intention of the chapter is not to complete a thorough international law analysis of planetary defense, or even to propose a legal regime, but rather to discuss topics found in the book using an international law perspective. We also show that making things happen is not necessarily based on engineering virtue, and that some legal obstacles remain in the way. Adopting a nuclear explosion method and treating it as the most effective can be true from an engineering point of view, but building lasers on the far side of the Moon could be much easier to achieve if we perceive the problem from the international law perspective.

Keywords

International law Planetary defense Nuclear explosive device Weapons of mass destruction Laser ablation Asteroid mitigation methods 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was supported by the grant awarded by the Technological Agency of the Czech Republic, project TL01000181: “A multidisciplinary analysis of planetary defense from asteroids as the key national policy ensuring further flourishing and prosperity of humankind both on Earth and in Space,” and co-funded by the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science, Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social SciencesCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Masaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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