The Bogotá Declaration: A Case Study on Sovereignty, Empire, and the Commons in Outer Space

The Bogotá Declaration: A Case Study on Sovereignty, Empire, and the Commons in Outer Space

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The Bogotá Declaration of 1976, in which a series of equatorial states attempted to resist the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 by claiming sovereignty over geostationary orbit above their territories, presents a unique case that contradicts some assumptions about the use of commons-like regimes to correct asymmetric governance regimes. This case suggests the value of historical scholarship on colonialism and development to ongoing disputes in space law and in other regimes governing extraterritorial domains.