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Space Transport Liability

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ISBN13: 9789041101068
ISBN: 9041101063
Published: October 1995
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £224.00

This text examines the national and international space transport liability principles which govern personal injury, property damage, and cargo losses caused by spacecraft. The value of maritime, aviation, and general transport analogies and law is considered. The book then considers the proper parties, forums, law, and precedents available to resolve space transport disputes.

This book is as much about what space transport law will be as what it is. It will interest legislators as well as lawyers. It will assist space transport participants to structure their agreements and resolve their disputes. The cases described will assist insurers in underwriting space risks and venture capitalists in hedging their bets. For students of law, it will extend conventional principles to unconventional situations.

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Part I: Preliminary Considerations.
1. Space Transport Liability Law: Setting the Compass.
2. Space Transport Liability Law: Analogies and Approach.
3. Overview of International and National Law Applied to Space Activities. Part II: Procedural Issues.
4. Responsibility and Sovereign Immunity of States.
5. Forums to Resolve Transport Disputes.
6. ""Domestic"" Law Governing Space Activities. Part III: Personal Injury and Property Damage.
7. Tort Principles for Space.
8. Torts and the Challenger Explosion. Part IV: Cargo Damage.
9. General Cargo Transport Principles.
10. NASA and CSLA Risk Allocations.
11. Space Carriage Liability Disputes: The First Cases.
12. Space Transport: Enforceability of Carriage Risk Allocation Provisions.
13. Carriage: Insurance.
14. Salvage and General Average. Part V: National and International Comparisons.
15. International Responsibility and Liability for Space Activities.
16. Domestic and International Space Transport Liability Law Compared. Postscript: The 1995 Xichang Incident.