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Proceedings of the Fiftieth Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space


This paper explores the controversial topic of the duty to rescue under existing space law treaties and makes the case for an expansive interpretation of the treaties that would require states to rescue space tourists. This being said, space companies are advised not to rely on state action to rescue tourists in distress, but are instead urged to make their own arrangements to help ensure the safety of their customers and, in turn, limit their exposure to liability. To assist companies in this task, this paper sets forth the essential components of a rescue policy that should be adopted by every space tourism company.