Dubai will set up the world's first "space court" to settle commercial disputes in the space industry. This was reported by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), on the basis of which a space court will be created.
To implement this initiative, DIFC, together with the Dubai Future Foundation, will create an international group of public and private sector experts who will investigate legal regulation in the space industry.
Currently, legal disputes regarding space activities are governed by international conventions and resolutions, including the 1967 United Nation's Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
In addition, some countries have entered into bilateral or multilateral agreements to regulate space activities, so despite the significant commercialization of the space sector, its legal regulation happens within the activities of states and institutions.
However, Dubai is proposing to update the judicial system and create a new "judicial support network" that can handle complex commercial space-related deals.
The DIFC noted that the "space court" project will have three main stages. An international team should first investigate legal innovations related to space and develop scenarios for potential disputes over space activity. After that, the experts will create a certain directive, a guide for judges on the settlement of legal claims, and after its approval, they will conduct special trainings, where judges will learn how to resolve claims in the field of space activities.