The Manual of International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS)

Dale Stephens, Melissa de Zwart

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Abstract

The Manual of International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS process to produce the 'McGill Manual') is currently being developed jointly by the University of Adelaide, McGill University and the University of Exeter. The core participants of this project include practitioners, academics, technical experts, military officers and government lawyers. The production of such a Manual is critical and timely given the international community is increasingly recognizing that warfare conducted in, to and from outer space is both foreseeable and potentially highly damaging to national security interests as well as civilian activities on earth and space. Despite this, there has been little interest in formulating any kind of new legal instrument that grapples with this militarization phenomenon. Moreover, there has also been insufficient research and a lack of clarity on the interactions between international space law and the law relating to the Use of Force and International Humanitarian Law. This paper considers the role of International Operational Law Manuals in providing a non-binding architecture for normative compliance and highlights key legal issues that are being navigated in the MILAMOS process.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 25 Sep 201729 Sep 2017
http://toc.proceedings.com/37978webtoc.pdf (Conference proceedings)

Conference

Conference68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period25/09/1729/09/17
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Keywords

  • International Operational Law Manuals
  • Law of armed conflict
  • MILAMOS
  • Space law
  • Use of Force

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