Who Owns the Moon?

Extraterrestrial Aspects of Land and Mineral Resources Ownership

  • Virgiliu Pop

Part of the Space Regulations Library book series (SPRL, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Virgiliu Pop
    Pages 1-21
  3. Virgiliu Pop
    Pages 99-120
  4. Virgiliu Pop
    Pages 153-156
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 157-175

About this book


This work investigates the permissibility and viability of property rights on the celestial bodies, particularly the extraterrestrial aspects of land and mineral resources ownership. In lay terms, it aims to find an answer to the question "Who owns the Moon?" After critically analyzing and dismantling with legal arguments the trivial issue of sale of extraterrestrial real estate, the book addresses the apparent silence of the law in the field of landed property in outer space, scrutinizing whether the factual situation on the extraterrestrial realms calls for legal regulations. The legal status of asteroids and the relationship between appropriation under international law and civil law appropriation are duly examined, as well as different property patterns – such as the commons regime, the Common Heritage of the Mankind, and the Frontier paradigm.

Virgiliu Pop is one of world's specialists in the area of space property rights. A member of the International Institute of Space Law, Virgiliu has authored several acclaimed papers in the field of space law and policy, and was interviewed by prestigious media outlets as diverse as New Scientist,, The Space Show, La Tercera (Chile), Ta Nea (Greece), Geo Magazine (Germany) and several publications in his native Romania.


International Space Law Moon Agreement Outer Space Treaty Property rights Space Activities Space Law extraterrestial mining the moon moon treaty ownership resources

Authors and affiliations

  • Virgiliu Pop
    • 1
  1. 1.Romanian Space AgencyRomania

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