The International Space Station

Commercial Utilisation from a European Legal Perspective


Currently, perhaps the most complicated and challenging undertaking in outer space is the building of the International Space Station, the ISS. The recent decision to use the ISS also as a facility for pre-commercial research and development in a microgravity environment, inviting commercial enterprise on board, only enhanced such complications and challenges. As a consequence, the major question arises to what extent these are held in check by a sound and effective legal and regulatory regime, e.g. pertaining to criminal liability or intellectual property rights. The present book offers the first overview of applicable law and regulation which is not merely superficial, as well as some directions for future legislative and regulatory developments, written by a number of highly reputed experts in space law. The analysis, finally, is with a clear focus on the European situation in view of the particularities which increasing ESA and EU involvement in space activities bring with them.
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Biographical Note

Frans von der Dunk is Director of Space Law Research at the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University. He advises governments, international organisations, space agencies and companies on matters of space law and policy. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in Vancouver, in October 2004.
Marcel Brus is Professor of Public International Law and Academic Director of the LL.M. Programme in International Law and the Law of International Organisations at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Review Quotes

'This well-written and informative book deals with a prospective commercial utilization of the International Space Station (ISS).'
'The book's value is greatly enhanced through an extensive Table of Treaties, EC Legislation, and Documents of International Organizations.'
Carl Q. Christol, Space Policy 23 (2007) 62.

Table of contents

Foreword, V.S. Vereshchetin, Acknowledgements, Contributors, Table of Treaties, EC Legislation, and Documents of International Organisations, Acronyms and Abbreviations , A European Legal Regime for Commercial Utilisation of the International Space Station?, M.M.T.A. Brus and F.G. von der Dunk, The International Space Station Past, Present and Future – An Overview, S. Rosmalen, The International Legal Framework for European Activities on Board the ISS, F.G. von der Dunk, A Policy and Legal Framework for Commercial Utilisation, M. Belingheri, ESA Policy and Impending Legal Framework for Commercial Utilisation of the European Columbus Laboratory Module of the ISS, R.P. Veldhuyzen and T.L. Masson-Zwaan, The IGA and ESA: Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in the Context of ISS Activities, A.M. Balsano and J. Wheeler, Jurisdiction and Liability Issues in Carrying out Commercial Activities in the International Space Station (ISS) Programme, A. Farand, A Database from Space: The Legal Protection of Data Created or Collected in Outer Space under the 1996 European Database Directive, D.J.G. Visser, A Proposal for a Protocol to the Intergovernmental Agreement on the ISS: Private Law Matters , P.P.C. Haanappel, Disciplinary and Criminal Law in Space, T.A. de Roos, The EU Constitutional Treaty and Space: Towards EU Jurisdiction on Board a Space Station?, S. Hobe and T. Reuter, British Law and the International Space Station, F. Lyall, Legal Aspects of Commercial Utilisation of the International Space Station – a German Perspective, L.J. Smith, Italy and the Commercial Utilisation of the International Space Station, V. Iavicoli, Spanish Law and the International Space Station, J. de Faramiñán Gilbert, Annexes, Index.


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