Which country’s citizen will a baby be if its born in space?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 12, 2020 04:09 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 12, 2020 04:09 PM

No need to reach all the way to space to ask this question. The same situation has to be answered for babies born at sea.

A ship (ocean-going or space-faring) is registered to a “flag”, that is, it is considered to operate under the laws of a nation for all behavior between the crew. Thus it would be British territory for this purpose.

But that doesn’t matter for most countries. Children born overseas to one or two American citizens is considered to be an American baby, by American law. It might also have the nationality of the other parent or that of the country of birth, depending on the laws of those countries. Within the US, for instance, a baby is automatically considered American if it is born here, until the parents claim some other citizenship for their child anyway (probably because they are residents and citizens of another country) United States nationality law on Wikipedia.

So, for your space-baby born in orbit around Betelgeuse-six to an American and a Brit, aboard some mobile version of the ISS (that is, multi-national), the baby would be a dual citizen of the US and Great Britain, according to the laws of those countries.

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