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Space Law: A Treatise

ISBN13: 9780754643906
Published: June 2009
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Space law is an area of International Law that has developed massively in the last fifty years. Francis Lyall, Emeritus Professor of Public Law and Paul B. Larsen, Adjunct Professor and until recently a senior lawyer in the Office of the US Secretary of Transportation, have been involved with it since their days at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, Montreal in 1963-1964 and both teach space law at their respective universities.

This book gathers together their experience in readable form and, with an extensive citation of the literature of space law, its discussion provides an excellent source for both student and practitioner.

This treatise, authored by two of the leading experts in the complicated and rapidly-developing field of outer space law, is a unique asset. It is both comprehensive (covering a wide swath of public and private law issues) and current (providing both the historical background and the up-to-the-minute details of contemporary controversies), and its many footnotes provide citations to documents that are both obscure and important. It is sure to become an indispensable component of any space lawyer's bookshelf.
David A. Koplow, Georgetown University, USA

Air and Space Law
Introduction: actors, history and fora
Sources of space law
The Outer Space Treaty
Space objects: control, registration, return and liability - the treaties and the practice
The air/space boundary question
The Moon and other celestial bodies
Radio and the International Telecommunication Union
Orbits, direct broadcasting, GNSS and solar power
Environmental regulation
Telecommunication organisations
Global navigation satellite systems
Remote sensing
Space activities and international trade law
Commercial activities and ther implementation of space law
The military use of outer space
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI)
The future