61 ZLW 95 (2012)
Mexico: New Developments in Space Law and Policy

handle is hein.journals/zlw61 and id is 99 raw text is: Mexico: New Developments in Space Law and Policy
By Prof. Julio Daniel Carbajal Smith, Mexico City
1. Introduction
In the following a short overview on new developments relating to national
space law and space policy in Mexico shall be given. The reader will find in
general terms how Mexican space activities are regulated and the Mexican
Space Agency is organized according to the Mexican Space Agency Decree of
20102 and the General Terms of Mexican Space Policy of 20113.
2. Mexican Space Agency Decree
On July 30', 2010, the Mexican Space Agency was created on the basis of the
Mexican Space Agency Decree which consists of seventeen articles which can
be summed up as follows:
Article 1 establishes the creation of the Mexican Space Agency, which is a
public organization with legal personality of its own and technical autonomy
in order to fulfill the Agency's aims and responsibilities.
The Agency is part of an area coordinated by the Communication and Trans-
portation Ministry. Its legal address will be Mexico City, there might be
offices and addresses in any other part of the country.
In my opinion it is not correct that the Mexican Space Agency is part of an
area coordinated by the Communication and Transportation Ministry because
it might create political and administrative differences between the Agency
and that Ministry, perhaps it is possible that the Agency will not be enough
independent and autonomous about decision-making, as a consequence, I
think it needs complete independence and autonomy in order to have accom-
plishments.
1   Professor for International Law at the Universidad Nacional Aut6noma de Mxi-
co (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and member of Alternative
Dispute Resolution organizations.
The English translations were provided by the author.
2 http //dof.gob.mx/nota detalle.php?codigo=5153806&fecha=30/07/2010, Diario
Oicial de la Federaci6n (Official Journal of the Federation) (accessed 27 January
2012).
3 http://dof.gob.mx/nota-detalle.php?codigo-5200730&fecha= 13/07/2011, Diario
Oficial de la Federaci6n (Official Journal of the Federation) (accessed 27 January
2012).

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