36 J. Space L. 253 (2010)
Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes: Non-Militarization, Non-Aggression and Prevention of Weaponization

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Jinyuan Su*
The use [of outer space] for peaceful purposes is one of the
guiding principles for the global commons, which includes Ant-
arctica, outer space, and the high seas. However, this principle
is currently being challenged or even derogated in one way or
another. This is particularly true in the context of outer space,
which since the inception of human exploration has been one of
the major issues for political contention. States, while agreeing
to use outer space for peaceful purposes in principle, interpret
its use in divergent manners, particularly with regard to non-
militarization and non-aggression. As the militarization-
aggression debate continues fruitlessly, the issue of space
weaponization has become one of the top agendas in various
international fora.
The use of outer space for peaceful purposes is governed by
a body of U.N.-based multilateral treaties and bilateral treaties
between the two adversaries of the Cold War-the former Soviet
Union and United States.! Apart from the outer space treaty
system, there are arms control and disarmament agreements
relating to outer space. Among these agreements, for the pur-
pose of preserving the peaceful use of outer space, the Treaty on
Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration
and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celes-
. PhD candidate, The Silk Road Institute of International Law, Xi'an Jiaotong
University, China; Visiting fellow, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Uni-
versity of Cambridge, UIL
' After the dissolution of USSR, Russia succeeded to its membership in interna-
tional organizations, including a permanent membership in the Security Council, and
rights and obligations under the international treaties in which USSR was a party.


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