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State Liability for Outer Space Activities in Accordance with the 1972 Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects

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ISBN13: 9780792314639
ISBN: 0792314638
Published: June 1992
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

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The utilization of outer space is fraught with dangers. In an effort to guarantee, as much as possible, the rights of victims of injury or damage caused by outer space objects, the United Nations, through its committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, adopted the 1972 Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects.

The present volume provides an analysis of the Liability Convention. In Part One, the athor provides an article-by-article commentary on the convention. In Part Two, the implementation of the Convention is reviewed in the light of the events surrounding the 1978 Cosmos 954 incident when a nuclear powered Soviet satellite disintegrated over northern Canada spreading radioactive debris over a vast area.

In Part Three, the author investigates the role played by the Convention in the development of international tort law within the context of the work of the International Law Commission on the question of ""International Liability for Injurious Consequences Arising out of Acts not Prohibited by International Law"". Finally, in Part Four, the contribution of the Convention to general International Law is examined.

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Part 1 The 1972 Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects: the intention of the negotiators (preamble)
terminology (article 1)
the classifictain of liability (articles II-VI)
damage caused to nationals or invited foreign observers (article VII)
the claims procedure (articles VIII-XX)
environmental protection (article XXI)
international organizations (article XXI)
the relationship of the Convention to other treaties (article XXIII)
final provisions (articles XXIV-XXVIII)
conclusions - summary and proposed amendments.
Part 2 The implementation of the liability convention - the 1978 Cosmos 954 incident: the events surrounding the launching and disintegration of Cosmos 954
presentation of the claim
applicable law
analysis and conclusions.
Part 3 International Liability for Non-Prohibited Acts - the work of the United Nations International Law Commission: the liability Convention as international tort law development
deliberations of the International Law Commission on international liability for non-prohibited acts.
Part 4 Conclusions: the contribution of the liability convention to international law.