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In: Collected Courses of the Xiamen Academy of International Law, Volume 3 (2010)
In: A New International Legal Order
In: Pioneers of Space Law
In: Pioneers of Space Law
In: Pioneers of Space Law
In: Pioneers of Space Law
A Publication of the International Institute of Space Law
Editor: Stephan Hobe
International space law is less than 50 years old. Although the work on the codification of space law started in the late 1950s, the Outer Space Treaty was only adopted in January 1967. However, much earlier than that, even as early as 1932, the first ideas about legal rules for human activities in outer space were being considered. Very little is known about these early drafts and proposals, and the pioneering work of early scholars in the field remains relatively unknown. This volume seeks to redress this by analysing the biographies and contributions to international space law of eleven such early "pioneers”, whose ground-breaking and original work helped to develop the field in important ways. The collection starts in the 1930's with the Czech author Vladimir Mandl, and dwells at length on the 1950's, the early time of space flight. The section on each "pioneer" is written by different members of the International Institute of Space Law, making this a lively, fascinating and unique collection of essays, of interest to the whole community of space lawyers.
We are witnessing a new golden age of space conquest. During the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union had sought to place their space exploits in the framework of international law. Today that trend towards accountability is being reversed. Individualistic logic is prevailing and the founding principles of international space law are increasingly being put aside. Legal scholars and practitioners must now find a balance between the development of space activities funded by the private sector and the interests of all states. Responding to this challenge, this bilingual volume collects the leading contributions to the 2017 Summer Courses session of the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations. The essays are structured around two objectives : to analyse the foundations and principles of space law since its creation, and to discern its direction over the next fifty years. Featuring original work from leading young legal scholars from around the world, this collection explores a little-known area of law and seeks to support space exploration for the benefit of all humanity.

Nous assistons à un nouvel âge d’or de la conquête spatiale. Durant la guerre froide, les États-Unis et l’Union soviétique avaient cherché à placer leurs exploits spatiaux dans le cadre du droit international. Aujourd’hui la tendance s’est inversée, la logique individualiste semble l’emporter. Certains grands principes du droit international de l’espace sont mis de côté ou réinterprétés par la pratique. Le juriste doit trouver ici un équilibre entre le développement des activités spatiales soutenu par des fonds privés et la prise en compte de l’intérêt de tous les Etats. Afin de répondre à ce défi, ce volume bilingue regroupe les travaux du Centre d’étude et de recherche de la session 2017. Deux approches scientifiques sont reflétées dans cet ouvrage. La première analyse les fondements et les grands principes du droit de l’espace depuis 1967, date de la signature du Traité de l’espace. La seconde propose une étude plus prospective pour determiner l’évolution du droit de l’espace dans les prochaines cinquante années. Ce volume permet de participer au rayonnement international d’une discipline peu connue et poser le cadre juridique des activités spatiales en développement.
An Experience in Contemporary Law-Making, by Manfred Lachs, Reissued on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the International Institute of Space Law
It is a remarkable achievement to write a book that almost four decades after its publication has lost virtually none of its relevance. Manfred Lachs’ famous treatise on the Law of Outer Space was originally published in 1972, yet it is still a classic and must-read text for space law students today, even though copies can nowadays be rarely found. The reissue of this remarkable work is therefore timely indeed. Its aim is to make the brilliance, foresight and clarity of Lachs’ thinking once more easily accessible to a new generation of scholars. Issued on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the International Institute of Space Law, of which Lachs was President, this volume reproduces the original text of Lachs' work in full, with a new preface, introduction and index supplied by the editors.