Space Law

A Treatise

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  • Francis Lyall, University of Aberdeen, UK and Paul B. Larsen, Georgetown University Law Center, USA
  • Space law is an area of International Law that has developed massively in the last fifty years. Francis Lyall, Emeritus Professor of Public Law at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Paul B. Larsen, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Centre, Washington DC, and formerly lawyer for 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 1963-4 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 practitioners.
  • Contents: Preface; Introduction: actors, history and fora; Sources of space law; The Outer Space Treaty, 1967; Space objects: control, registration, return and liability – the treaties and the practice; Astronauts; The air/space boundary question; The Moon and other celestial bodies; Radio and the International Telecommunication Union; Orbits, direct broadcasting, 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; Index.
  • About the Author: Francis Lyall, Professor of Public Law, University of Aberdeen, UK and Paul B. Larsen, Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington, USA.
  • Reviews: 'Space Law: A Treatise contains a font of knowledge. It is not only an ambitious work but one that makes good reading. It will become a standard reference work for those consulting and interacting with the space community. Its title is truly reflected by its content.'
    Space Policy

    'Fundamental knowledge of the subject and vast experience of the authors make this treatise a valuable source of information for students, practitioners and all those interested in the origins and development of this exciting legal discipline. Readers will gain a good insight into the current state and many challenges facing the legal regulation of outer space activities.'
    V.S. Vereshchetin, Honorary Director of the International Institute of Space Law and Former Member of the International Court of Justice

    'Brilliant treatise, written by two outstanding scholars, covering the entire gamut of issues involved in space law. It is written with clarity necessary for comprehension of the complex issues covered from the speculative beginnings of space law to its practical applications in governmental and commercial space activities. An outstanding educational and reference tool that may well be used by generations of scholars and practitioners.'
    Nandi Jasentuliyana, International Institute of Space Law, The Netherlands

    '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

    'Throughout their work, the authors maintain a clear presentation of the issues facing space exploration today, both in the public and private sectors…it offers a strong foundation for any student of space law who wishes to explore new avenues that might lead to the successful resolution of the issues facing space law, clearing the way for the future of man's exploration of his universe.'
    Uniform Law Review

    'It is a great book - bravo Frank and Paul!'
    Zeitschrift für Luft und Weltraumrecht

    'This book is not only an essential tool for space law practitioners in particular but will also be of interest to those working in the space industry in general. The extensive citations provide useful and insightful explanations and, more importantly, they provide the necessary basis from which to undertake further research.'
    The Aerospace Professional

    '... a comprehensive, authoritative yet straightforward and rare book covering the key topics in the field of space law. ... plain English, clear non-technical explanations ... without a shadow of a doubt increases the reader's understanding of space law. This excellent book will no doubt inspire a new generation of space lawyers. Ian Shield of the UK Ministry of Defence states that it is the best and most complete explanation of space and its uses that any would require and deserves a wider audience.'
    Nottingham Law Journal