Space Law

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Space Law - Research Guide International Law

Space law is a relatively new branch of law, roughly starting in 1957 with the launch of the Sputnik I, the first satellite in space. Space law consists of international space law, governing the activities of States and international intergovernmental organizations, and national space law, governing the activities of individual countries and their nationals. Advancing technology and scientific progress extend human activities in space more and more. These developments will require new regulations of business activities, space tourism, traffic rules, the problem of dangerous space debris, rescue missions, contracts for mining expeditions, property rights on celestial bodies and encounters with alien entities.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on Space Law. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library’s classification index code 148a. Outer Space and subject heading (keyword) Space Law are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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  • Diederiks-Verschoor, I.H.P. and V. Kopal, An Introduction to Space Law, Alphen aan den Rijn, Kluwer Law International, 2008.

    Diederiks-Verschoor, I.H.P. and V. Kopal, An Introduction to Space Law, Alphen aan den Rijn, Kluwer Law International, 2008.

    The enormous growth during the last decade of outer space operations like direct broadcasting by satellite and the exploration of natural resources by remote sensing satellites have brought space law into dramatic prominence among the fields of international law. International, because the fundamental principle of space law since the cornerstone Outer Space Law of 1967 clearly requires that outer space and celestial bodies are free for exploration and use by all states in conformity with international law and are not subject to national appropriation. It is in light of the many new considerations now falling under the scope of international law because of their connection with space that this new edition of the best-known handbook in the field now appears. The latest developments in the field are closely monitored to provide the most updated information. Lawyers, students, and various businesses (especially in the telecommunications and aerospace industries) will find all the concise but comprehensive orientation and guidance needed to understand and deal with the legal problems and practical consequences arising from the main space treaties.

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  • Weeks, E.E., Outer Space Development, International Relations and Space Law: A Method for Elucidating Seeds, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

    Weeks, E.E., Outer Space Development, International Relations and Space Law: A Method for Elucidating Seeds, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

    This book is a call to educators to factor equality and diversity into the process of outer space development by creating a widespread movement to teach outer space development studies to all students, especially those who study social and behavioral sciences. In calling for this, the author is also putting out a call to visionary thinkers to increase public awareness that outer space is already in the process of being developed.

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  • Chatzipanagiotis, M., The Legal Status of Space Tourists in the Framework of Commercial Suborbital Flights, Köln, Heymann, 2011.

    Chatzipanagiotis, M., The Legal Status of Space Tourists in the Framework of Commercial Suborbital Flights, Köln, Heymann, 2011.

    This study concerns the rights and duties of space tourists in suborbital flights. The author analyses issues relating to the applicable legal regime to such flights, air law or space law, the legal classification of space tourists as astronauts, problems of international criminal law, questions of jurisdiction and choice-of-laws, as well as issues of contractual and extra-contractual claims in case of an accident. The analysis is made de lege lata and de lege ferenda by examining the pertinent international conventions of air and space law, instruments of EU law, and domestic legislation in the US, Europe and the Russian Federation. A concise book for everyone interested in the legal challenges of suborbital space tourism.

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  • Abeyratne, R., Space Security Law, Heidelberg, Springer, 2011.

    Abeyratne, R., Space Security Law, Heidelberg, Springer, 2011.
    Against the variegated background of bewilderment and cautious optimism that space transportation offers, this book begins with an exposé on international politics, the principles of which, bear upon space transportation, as well as the closeness of air space and outer space, and activities that straddle both frontiers at the same time. It discusses current issues and possibilities of communications and transportation in outer space, as well as the liabilities and accountability of the key players of space exploration.
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  • Hobe, S., B. Schmidt-Tedd and K.-U.Schrogl (eds.), Cologne Commentary on Space Law, Köln, Heymann, 2009.

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  • Benkö, M. and K.-U.Schrogl (eds.), Space Law: Current Problems and Perspectives for Future Regulation, Utrecht, Eleven International Publishing, 2005.

    Benkö, M. and K.-U.Schrogl (eds.), Space Law: Current Problems and Perspectives for Future Regulation, Utrecht, Eleven International Publishing, 2005.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet

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