In July 2021, the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law issued a joint statement concerning the role that the interests of the public and other stakeholders play with regard to commercial space activities. The statement highlights that commercial space activities should be developed in accordance with the rule of law, for peaceful purposes, and in a manner that is sustainable for the present and future generations. The Board calls on national regulators in charge of authorization and continuing supervision of commercial space activities to take into account, when authorizing and supervising such activities, the interests of all stakeholders, including the scientific community and the public, and the consequences that such activities may have future exploration and peaceful uses of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies. Moreover, compliance with the Outer Space Treaty and other applicable regulations and international guidelines for space debris mitigation, space sustainability, and planetary protection should be ensured.
This statement was adopted by consensus of the IISL Board of Directors as a response to the diversity of actors engaging in space and the new technologies and business models that are driving contemporary space activities. This statement is intended to balance the need for innovation with the protections to the space environment and to other space actors provided for by the legal framework of outer space. To this end, it calls on states to exercise their obligation of ‘due regard’ when authorizing space activities.
The statement can be downloaded here.