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.
Jakhu, R.S., Freeland, S. and Chen, K., "The Sources of International Space Law: Revisited", Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht = German journal of air and space law, 67 (2018), No. 4, pp. 606-667.
This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on Air and 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 systematic classification → Public international law 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.
- Dunk, F. von der and Tronchetti, F. (eds.), Handbook of Space Law, Cheltenham,UK, Northampton, MA, USA, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.
- Hobe, S. (ed.), Pioneers of Space Law, Leiden, Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013. [e-book]
- Al-Ekabi, C. (ed.), European Autonomy in Space, Cham, Springer, 2015. [e-book]
- Cheng, Ch.-J., (ed.), The Use of Airspace and Outer Space for all Mankind in the 21st Century (Proceedings of the international conference on air transport and space application in a new world, held in Tokyo from 2-5 june 1993), The Hague, Kluwer Law International, 1995.
- Cruzen, C., Schmidhuber, M., Lee, Y.H. and Kim, B. (eds.), Space Operations: Contributions from the Global Community, Cham, Springer Nature, 2017.
- Lee, R.J., Law and Regulation of Commercial Mining of Minerals in Outer Space, Dordrecht, Springer, 2012. [e-book]
- Oduntan, G., Sovereignty and Jurisdiction in the Airspace and Outer Space: Legal Criteria for Spatial Delimitation, London, Routledge, 2012.
- Pop, V., Who owns the Moon? Extraterrestrial Aspects of Land and Mineral Resources Ownership, Berlin, Springer, 2009. [e-book]
- Wouters, J., De Man, Ph., Hansen, R. (eds.), Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism: Legal and Policy Aspects, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.
- DiPaolo, A.J., "The Definition and Delimitation of Outer Space: the Present Need to determine where 'Space Activities' begin", Annals of Air and Space Law, 39 (2014), pp. 623-644.
- Freeland, S., "Applying the Jus in Bello to Military Uses of Outer Space: A Square Peg in a Round Hole?", in Sterns, P.M., Tennen, L.I. and Fasan, E. (eds.), Private law, public law, metalaw and public policy in space: a liber amicorum in honor of Ernst Fasan, [Cham], Springer, 2016, pp. 109-122.
- Hobe, S., "The International Institute of Space Law adopts Position Paper on Space Resource Mining", Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht: Vierteljahresschrift des Instituts für Luft- und Weltraumrecht der Universität Köln, 65 (2016), No. 2, pp. 204-209.
- Jakhu, R.S., Freeland, S. and Chen, K., "The Sources of International Space Law: Revisited", Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht = German journal of air and space law = Revue allemande de droit aérien et spatial: Vierteljahresschrift des Instituts für Luft- und Weltraumrecht der Universität Köln, 67 (2018), No. 4, pp. 606-667.
- Kim, H.T., "Fundamental Principles of Space Resources Exploitation: a Recent Development of International and Municipal Law", Journal of East Asia and international law, 11 (2018), No. 1, pp. 35-52.
- Kurlekar, A., "Space - The Final Frontier: Analysing Challenges of Dispute Resolution Relating to Outer Space", Journal of international arbitration, 33 (2016), No. 4, pp. 379-416.
- Monserrat Filho, J., "Outer Space as Private Property and Theater of War?", in Sterns, P.M., Tennen, L.I. and Fasan, E. (eds.), Private law, public law, metalaw and public policy in space: a liber amicorum in honor of Ernst Fasan, [Cham], Springer, 2016, pp. 123-144.
- Stotler, C., "The Effects of the Fragmentation of International Law on Aerospace Regulation", Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law, 58 (2016), pp. 53-77.
- Soucek, A., "Legal and Practical Questions in Applying Articles II and IV of the Registration Convention", Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht: Vierteljahresschrift des Instituts für Luft- und Weltraumrecht der Universität Köln, 65 (2016), No. 1, pp. 22-43.
- Böckstiegel, K.-H., M. Benkö and S. Hobe (eds.), Space Law: Basic Legal Documents, Dordrecht, Martinus Nijhoff, 1990 – …
Periodicals, serial publications
- Air & Space Law
- Air & Space Law (Online)
- Annals of Air and Space Law
- Cologne Commentary on Space Law
- ECSL News: Bulletin of the European Centre for Space Law
- Essential Air and Space Law
- Forum for Air and Space Law
- Journal of Space Law
- Korean Journal of Air and Space Law
- Proceedings of the … Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space
- Revue française de droit aérien et spatial
- Schriften zum Luft- und Weltraumrecht
- Utrecht Studies in Air and Space Law
- Yearbook of Air and Space Law
- Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht
- Baranes, B., "Bibliography of Space Policy Publications 2014", in Al-Ekabi, C. (et al.)(eds.), Yearbook on Space Policy 2014: the Governance of Space, Wien, Springer, 2016, pp. 303-316.
- Li, K.L., World Wide Space Law Bibliography, Toronto, Carswell, 1978-1987.
- Ridderhof, R.J.W, Buisman, H.P.C. and Looney, R., Fifty years of space law – space law in 50 years: selected bibliography = Cinquante ans de droit de l'espace - le droit de l'espace dans 50 ans: bibliographie sélective, The Hague, Peace Palace Library, 2017.
- White, I.L., C.E. Wilson and J.A. Vosburgh, Law and Politics in Outer Space: A Bibliography, Tucson, AZ, University of Arizona Press, 1972.
Lyall, F. and Larsen, P.B., Space Law: a Treatise, Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge, 2018.View this title in our discovery service
Francis Lyall and Paul B. Larsen have been involved in teaching and researching space law for over 50 years. This new edition of their well-received text gathers together their knowledge and experience in readable form, and covers developments in all space applications, including space tourism, telecommunications, the ITU and finance. With an extensive citation of the literature, the discussion provides an excellent source for both students and practitioner.
Froehlich, A., (ed.), A Fresh View on the Outer Space Treaty, Cham, Springer, 2018.View this title in our discovery service
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty this book gives a first insight into where the next generation considers room for further improvement of the Outer Space Treaty in order to cope with upcoming aspects such as providing solutions for the emerging commercial, economic, environmental and social questions. At the time of the adoption of the Outer Space Treaty in 1967 the purpose of this treaty was to avoid conflicting military situations in space. However, 50 years later the Outer Space Treaty is in demand to meet the ever increasing space activities and the different actors involved such as the rise of the private sector players.
Stubbe, P., State Accountability for Space Debris: a Legal Study of Responsibility for Polluting the Space Environment and Liability for Damage caused by Space Debris, Leiden, Boston, Brill Nijhoff, 2018.View this title in our discovery service
In State Accountability for Space Debris Peter Stubbe examines the legal consequences of space debris pollution which, he argues, is a global environmental concern. The study finds that the customary ‘no harm’ rule and Article IX of the Outer Space Treaty obligate States to prevent the generation of debris and that the international community as a whole has a legitimate interest in their compliance. A breach of these obligations entails the responsibility of a State and compensation must be provided for damage caused by space debris. The author treats responsibility and liability separately and thoroughly scrutinizes both legal regimes with the help of common analytical elements. Finally, Peter Stubbe argues that a comprehensive traffic management system is required so as to ensure the safe and sustainable use of outer space.
Satellite Data in International Law
The use of data acquired through earth observation satellites has become commonplace. The use of satellite data has even expanded as an extremely useful tool to implement international law since it provides factual, relevant and up-to-date information. Further technological developments will steadily increase the range of data which can be collected through Earth Observation and further enhance its accuracy. Therefore, satellite data can be used to monitor compliance with obligations contained within international agreements or to resolve disputes before an international court.Read more
Space Mining and (U.S.) Space Law
On November 25, 2015, President Obama signed into law the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262). As far as space mining is concerned, this legislation will give US space firms the rights to own and sell natural resources they mine from bodies in space, including asteroids. But does the new law risk privatizing a realm that is meant to belong to all of humanity? Is there a violation of international law? Is an international space exploitation regime preferable?Read more
Asteroid(s) coming in at Collision Course
How to handle an incoming asteroid? What does Don Quijote have to do with it? Movies like “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon” make it seem so easy. But in reality there are many technological, legal and political obstacles to cope with. From 15-19 April, 2013, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will hold its third Planetary Defence Conference “Gathering for Impact!” in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.Read more
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