Dispute Settlement in International Space Law

A Multi-Door Courthouse for Outer Space


The existence of international law, with its rights, rules and regulations is futile without an effective enforcement mechanism that provides a sufficient and adequate remedy.
International space law is particularly significant in the evolution of international dispute settlement because it involves a consideration of issues from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. These issues range from policies of regional and international organizations; to juridical dispute settlement and global governance; to fiscal entrepreneurship and business efficacy; and to scientific breakthroughs and technological advances. In this context, this book looks at an international and interdisciplinary approach in dealing with dispute resolution in space activities. It proposes a workable legal framework for dispute resolution in outer space, together with a mechanism for enforcement and verification.
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Biographical Note

Gérardine Meishan Goh, Ph.D. (2007) in International Law, Leiden University, the Netherlands, is research fellow at the Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Cologne, Germany. She manages and is the co-editor of the Cologne Commentary on Space Law (CoCoSL), a project conducted jointly between the Institute and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Gérardine is also a business development and legal consultant for the satellite-based geo-information services industry.

Review Quotes

" This timely publication is an essential reading for each and every space lawyer. [...] The author deserves commendation for such an excellent piece of work not only in terms of its academic prowess but more importantly in terms of its potential to affect the future development of space law." - Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong in Annals of Air and Space Law, February 2008

Table of contents

Table of Cases; Introduction;
Part One: Exploration:
Chapter 1 Dispute Settlement in International Space Law; Chapter 2 Applicability of International Dispute Settlement Mechanisms to Space Law;
Part Two: Evolution:
Chapter 3 Need for a Sectorialized Space Law Dispute Settlement Mechanism; Chapter 4 Recent Developments in Comparable Fields of International Law;
Part Three: Evocation:
Chapter 5 Proposal: The Multi-Door Courthouse for Outer Space; Chapter 6 Development of the Law: Implementing the Multi-Door Courthouse for Outer Space; Chapter 7 Conclusion: Shaping the Future of International Dispute Settlement;
Appendix A Proposed Protocol for the Multi-Door Courthouse for Outer Space to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty;
Appendix B Proposed Model Clauses for the Submission of Disputes to the Multi-Door Courthouse for Outer Space;
Appendix C Bibliography.


All readers interested in international space law, international dispute settlement and its evolution, and the enforcement of the rule of law in rapidly evolving fields of business, technology and science.

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