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Law | Outer Space in Society, Politics and Law

Outer Space in Society, Politics and Law

Series: Studies in Space Policy, Vol. 8

Brünner, Christian, Soucek, Alexander (Eds.)

2011, XXI, 876 p.

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  • Numerous experts offer the reader manifold insights comparison of technical and related legal aspects
  • Opens a new way of understanding space law
  • Also covering hot issues and future developments

Spaceflight is a rational undertaking, yet full of emotions. It is a dream of mankind and a multi-billion industry likewise. It is subject to a distinct branch of law – and moreover part of modern pop culture. In short: spaceflight is fascinating. “Outer Space in society, politics and law” is an inter-disciplinary approach to the understanding of modern space law. Technical, cultural and historical aspects lay the foundation for a sound comprehension why space law norms have been established and what they mean in practice. The reader will realize the impact space and spaceflight have on society – from Stonehenge to climate change. A new approach to presenting space law: comprehensive and illustrative.

 

 

“We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That's a clear prescription for disaster.”

Carl Sagan

Content Level » Research

Keywords » space flight - space law - space policy

Related subjects » Law

Table of contents 

Preface of the Editors.- Preface of the Editor of the Series “Studies in Space Policy”.- Part 1: Outer space – A fascinating issue.- 1.1 Introductory remarks.- 1.2 Fascination from the beginning of mankind.- 1.3 Reasons for space activities.- 1.4 A short chronology of spaceflight.- Part 2: Outer space – A “real” issue.- 2.1 Dimensions of space activities.- 2.2 Space – a natural resource.- 2.3 Exploration and utilisation of space.- 2.4 Space faring: A short overview of the present situation.- 2.5 Cooperation in Space.- 2.6 Institutional Aspects .- Part 3: Outer space – A legal issue.- 3.1 Origins of space law and the role of the United Nations .- 3.2 Space law – An independent branch of the legal system.- 3.3 Comparable Regulations.- 3.4 Level of regulation / Sources of space law.- 3.5 Space Law – An analysis of its development and its future.- Part 4: “Hot” issues and their handling.- 4.1 The privatization and commercialisation of outer space.- 4.2 Space and security.- 4.3 Space and sustainability: Improving life on Earth.- 4.4 Space and its sustainable uses.- 4.5 Soft law.- 4.6 International aspects of technology controls.- 4.7 Data policies: A survey of principles and trends.- 4.8 International space law and developing countries.- Part 5: Outer Space – Opportunities for Austria.- 5.1 History.- 5.2 Activities and Trends .- 5.3 Changes on the horizon.- Annex: Spaceflight – Time line of key events.- Links.- Selected Books and Journals on Space Law.- Authors (short biographies).- Abbreviations.- Index.

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