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Where Does Outer Space Begin?

A state’s jurisdiction once went from the depths of Hell to the heights of Heaven.  Airplanes challenged this tradition, and satellites ended it.  Since then, the upper limit of a state’s sovereignty has been long debated.  Today, there is a distinction between airspace—where a state is sovereign—and outer space—which is res communis.  Despite the distinction, there is […]

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A Brief Overview of US Export Control Policy for Space Technology

Congress passed the Arms Export Control Act in the 1970s to prevent sensitive technology from being exported to US adversaries.  To accomplish this goal, the Act created the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which authorized the Department of State to create a set of guidelines to control and license sensitive exports.  ITAR’s purpose is to further […]

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Is it Time for a More Robust Registration Convention?

In December 2004, the United States representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) commented that the Registration Convention—the international treaty mandating that states provide certain location and function information about things they launch into space—serves three purposes: it provides traffic management information to the spacefaring community, enhances safety, and […]

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Welcoming DJILP’s Newest Staff Editors

The Executive Board of the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy would like to welcome its newest members: Alicia Guber Congratulations from all of us, and welcome aboard!  

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What happens when something falls from space?

Things falling from space have certainly caught our collective interest in the last few days.  And while it’s been the extraordinary meteors in recent days, manmade items tumble from the sky more often than you might imagine.  These are expensive contraptions that sometimes have “sensitive” applications.  So, as you might imagine, there is a legal […]

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The Bogotá Declaration and the Curious Case of Geostationary Orbit

In late 1976, eight “States traversed by the Equator” convened in Bogotá, Colombia to discuss their rights over a natural resource which—to them—had been unfairly removed from their sovereignty.  Specifically, these states felt that their rights to control natural resources had been unfairly abridged by Article II of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which cements […]

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Denver Journal of International Law and Policy

Welcoming DJILP’s Newest Staff Editors

The Executive Board of the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy would like to welcome its newest members: Tausha Riley Congratulations from all of us!  

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International Law Carries the Day in the Nevada Supreme Court

Earlier this month, the Nevada Supreme Court became only the second US court to recognize its consular obligations under international law articulated by the International Court of Justice.  Yes, that’s right; Nevada’s high court responded to the ICJ’s call in Avena and Other Mexican Nationals to review certain cases for prejudice stemming from violations of foreign nationals’ consular rights.  This […]

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Discussion: A Path to Peace in North Korea

Yesterday, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law hosted Eric Sirotkin, a widely regarded peacebuilder and mediator who has worked to resolve conflict in the Koreas and South Africa (to name just a few).  Earlier this year, he presented a Peace Conference hosted by the North Korean government.  He created a twelve-step plan to […]

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Denver Journal of International Law and Policy

Preview: The Trouble with Westphalia in Outer Space

Volume 40, Issue 4 of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy is off to the printers. Here is a preview of one of the articles, The Trouble with Westphalia in Space: The State-Centric Liability Regime, by Dan St. John. What happens when a satellite owned by a private company in one state crashes into a bit […]

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