The Law of Outer Space

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.

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Table of contents

Preface by the IISL President; Introduction by the IISL Directorate of Studies
Manfred Lach’s The Law of Outer Space Revisited;
The Law of Outer Space
Foreword; Introduction;
Chapter I The New Horizon of International Law;
Chapter II The New Chapter of International Law;
Chapter III First Stages of International Co-Operation;
Chapter IV The Legal Regime of Outer Space and Celestial Bodies;
Chapter V The Frontiers of Outer Space;
Chapter VI The Legal Situation of Objects Launched into Outer Space and of Astronauts;
Chapter VII Assistance to Astronauts, Return of Astronauts and Space Objects;
Chapter VIII Space Telecommunications;
Chapter IX Peaceful Use–Arms and Armament;
Chapter X Rights and Obligations of States;
Chapter XI Responsibility;
Chapter XII The Law-Making Process;
Conclusions; Annexes; Annex I. Treaty on Principles governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and other Celestial Bodies;
Annex II. Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space; Annex III. Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects;
Selected Bibliography; Index; About the International Institute of Space Law.

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