Developing Space Law Education in India: Some Proposals by Malay Adhikari


As India is a developing country and its space science and technology is not so developed before the decades of sixties, so unlike other space faring countries, the different disciplines related with outer space like space law has started its journey very informally and still it is going on in the absence of national space law. The activities to promote space law education is going on but not like other space faring countries though India herself is a space faring country now.

The first part of the paper is focussed about the classification of people and the Indian institutions or organisations who are interested about space law. The second part is the proposed alternative models to develop space law education based on the purpose of different people or community and last there is a general proposed syllabus of space law for all these models.

Who are the People Interested on Space Law in India?

The first question comes to anybody’s mind who are the people interested on space law in India. The reply may be made on putting another question how space law is related or important to an astronomer, an engineer, a legal professional, a doctor, a social scientist, a Government official or diplomat, a defence personnel, a businessman or an entrepreneur and some non-profit making society or groups related with space activities. Perhaps these are the people who may think about how space law education is required for satisfying the need of their respective domain. In a general way, the astronomers in the space observatory or any other institutions are more interested on astronomical observations and developments; engineers are interested more on manufacturing spacecraft’s, electronic circuit designing of a spacecraft and other related things; a legal professional more interested on litigation through space activities; doctors more on space medicine; social scientists interested more on writing and deliberating on space law; defence personnel more on space security; Government officials more interested to focus on space policy related issues in its own framework; diplomats more on building international tie-ups with other countries and safeguarding or enforcing the national interest in international plane; businessmen or entrepreneurs more on space commerce; the societies or other groups related with space activities more interested about creating social consciousness focussing on their society or group interest. The list is not inclusive. There may be possibility of other sets of people.

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