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Documents
United Nations workshops on space law
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Documents

[The UN space law documents (treaties, resolutions, declarations, legal principles, COPUOS and COPUOS Legal Subcommittee’s online reports) are available in the "UN Space Legal Framework” section of the ECSL Legal Database.

The UN documents relating to UNNISPACE I, II and III are provided in the “Space Applications and Sustainable Development” page of the “Space Law Bibliography” section.]

Implementation of recommendations to build capacity in space law (2010)
UN A/AC.105/954  
 

 
United Nations workshops on space law

United Nations/Thailand/European Space Agency (ESA) Workshop on Space Law: “Activities of States in Outer Space in Light of New Developments: Meeting International Responsibilities and Establishing National Legal and Policy Frameworks”
Bangkok, Thailand, 16-19 November 2010

United Nations/Islamic Republic of Iran Workshop on Space Law: “Role of International Space Law in the Development and Strengthening of International and Regional Cooperation in the Peaceful Exploration and Use of Outer Space”
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, 8-11 November 2009
Report (A/AC.105/956)

Proceedings (published by United Nations, Vienna, 2010)

United Nations/Ukraine Workshop on Space Law: “Status, Application and Progressive Development of International and National Space Law” Kyiv, Ukraine, 6-9 November 2006

Report (A/AC.105/880)

United Nations/Nigeria Workshop on Space Law: “Meeting International Responsibilities and Addressing Domestic Needs” Abuja, Nigeria, 21-24 November 2005

Report (A/AC.105/866)

Proceedings (published by United Nations, Vienna, 2006)

United Nations/Brazil Workshop on Space Law: “Disseminating and Developing International and National Space Law: The Latin America and Caribbean Perspective”
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22-25 November 2004

Report (A/AC.105/847)

United Nations/Republic of Korea Workshop on Space Law: “United Nations Treaties on Outer Space: Actions at the National Level” Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 3-6 November 2003

Report (A/AC.105/814)

Proceedings (published by United Nations, New York, 2004)

United Nations/International Institute of Air and Space Law Workshop: “Capacity-Building in Space Law”
The Hague, The Netherlands, 18-21 November 2002

Report (A/AC.105/802)

Proceedings (published by United Nations, New York, 2003)

International Institute of Air and Space Law/Office for Outer Space Affairs Workshop on Space Law in the Twenty-First Century
UNISPACE III, Technical Forum, Vienna, Austria, 19-30 July 1999
 
 

 
United Nations Expert Meetings on Promoting Education in Space Law

Second United Nations Expert Meeting on Promoting Education in Space Law
Teheran, Islamic Republic of Iran, 12-13 November 2009

Report (UN A/AC.105/972)

United Nations Expert Meeting on Promoting Education in Space Law
Vienna, Austria, 3-4 December 2007

Report (UN A/AC.105/908)
 
 

 
Books

M. BENKÖ, W. de GRAAFF, G. C. M. REIJNEN
“Space Law in the United Nations”
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht, 1985.

A. CSABAFI
“The Concept of State Jurisdiction in International Law: A Study in the Progressive Development of Space Law in the United Nations”
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1971.

S. HOBE, B. SCHMIDT-TEDD, K.-U. SCHROGL, G. GOH [not published yet]
“The UN Treaties and GA Resolutions Relating to Outer Space”
Cologne Commentary on Space Law (CoCoSL), Volumes II & III, 2011.

N. JASENTULIYANA
“International Space Law and the United Nations”
Kluwer Law International, 1999.
 
 

 
Articles

M. BENKÖ, K.-U. SCHROGL
“The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: Adoption of the Resolution on Enhancing Registration Practice and of the UNCOPUOS Space Debris Mitigation Guidelines”
ZLW, Year 2008, Issue 3.

M. BENKÖ, K.-U. SCHROGL
“Space Law at UNISPACE III: Achievements and Perspectives”
ZLW, Vol. 49, Issue 1, 2000.

M. BENKÖ, K.-U. SCHROGL
“The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: Introducing the Agenda Item “Review of the Status of the Five Legal Instruments Governing Outer Space” and Other Recent Developments”
ZLW, Vol. 47, 1998, pp. 523-539.

S. BHATT
“The Role of the United Nations in the Regulation of Uses of Air Space and Outer Space”
Indian Journal of International Law, Vol. 35, 1995, p. 203.

G. BRACHET
“Le rôle et les perspectives futures du Comité pour les utilisations pacifiques de l’espace extra atmosphérique (CUPEEA) des Nations Unies”
Revue française de droit aérien et spatial, Vol. 248, N. 4, 2008, pp. 391-401.

J. C. COOPER
“Self-Defence in Outer Space and the United Nations”
In I. A. VLASIC (ed.), “Explorations in Aerospace Law: Selected Essays by John Cobb Cooper 1946-1966”, McGill University Press, Montreal, 1968, pp. 412-422.

J. M. de FARAMIÑÀN GILBERT
“La regulación del espacio ultraterrestre en el marco de las Naciones Unidas”
In “Manual Virtual de Derecho Internacional Público”, IUSTEL, 2004.

J. M. de FARAMIÑÀN GILBERT
“Les résolutions des Nations Unies sur le droit de l'espace”
In “ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy: Basic Materials”, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1994, pp. 5-19.

J. I. GABRYNOWICZ
“Principles Adopted by the U.N. General Assembly”
In “Proceedings of the United Nations/Republic of Korea Workshop on Space Law: United Nations Treaties on Outer Space: Actions at the National Level, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 3-6 November 2003”, United Nations, 2004, p. 163.

E. GALLOWAY
“Consensus Decision-Making by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space”
In F. LYALL, P. B. LARSEN (eds,), “Space law”, Ashgate, 2007.

T. HITCHENS
“The United Nations and its Efforts to Develop Treaties, Conventions, or Guidelines to Address Key Space Issues Including the De-Weaponization of Space and Orbital Debris”
In J. N. PELTON, R. M. JAKHU, “Space Safety Regulations and Standards”
Elsevier, 2010, Chapter 21, pp. 267-274.

S. HOBE, J. H. MEY
“UN Space Debris Mitigation Guidelines”
ZLW, Year 2009, Issue 3.

V. IAVICOLI
“The Participation of International Organizations in Space Treaties”
In R. A. HARRIS (eds.), “Proceedings of the Third ECSL Colloquium: International Organisations and Space Law: Their Role and Contributions, Perugia, Italy, 6-7 May 1999”, ESA/ECSL Publications, 1999, pp. 381-386.

P. JANKOWITSCH
“The Role of the United Nations in Outer Space Law Development: Past Achievements and New Challenges”
Journal of Space Law, Vol. 26, N. 2, 1998, p. 101.

V. KOPAL
“Work of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Legal Subcommittee”
In “Proceedings of the United Nations/ Islamic Republic of Iran Workshop on Space Law: Role of International Space Law in the Development and Strengthening of International and Regional Cooperation in the Peaceful Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Tehran, 8-11 November 2009”, United Nations, 2010.

V. KOPAL
“The Progressive Development of International Space Law by the United Nations and its Present System”
In B. VUKAS, T. ŠOŠIĆ (eds.), “International Law: New Actors, New Concepts, Continuing Dilemmas: Liber Amicorum Božidar Bakotić”, Brill, 2010.

V. KOPAL
“The Role of United Nations Declarations of Principles in the Progressive Development of Space Law”
In F. LYALL, P. B. LARSEN (eds,), “Space law”, Ashgate, 2007.

V. KOPAL
“International Legal Regime on Outer Space: Outer Space Treaty, Rescue Agreement and the Moon Agreement”
In “Proceedings of the United Nations/Nigeria Workshop on Space Law: Meeting International Responsibility and Addressing Domestic Needs, Abuja, 21-24 November 2005 ”, United Nations, 2006, p. 8.

V. KOPAL
“The Work of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space”
In K.-H. BÖCKSTIEGEL (ed.), “Project 2001 – Legal Framework for the Commercial Use of Outer Space: Recommendations and Conclusion to Develop the Present State of the Law”, Carl Heymanns Verlag, Cologne, 2002, p. 17.

M. LYTJE
“Obstacles on the Way to a General Convention”
In “Proceedings of the Forty-Seventh Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 2004”, Vol. 47, pp. 267-271.

S. MARCHISIO
“Il ruolo del Comitato delle Nazioni Unite sugli usi pacifici dello spazio extra-atmosferico (COPUOS)”
In P. A. PILLITU (ed.), “Scritti in onore di Giorgio Badiali”, Aracne, Roma, 2007, pp. 221-236.

S, MARCHISIO
“Les traités et les principes des Nations Unies”
In “Actes du deuxième atelier sur le droit de l'espace et les activités spatiales, CRTS, Rabat, 22 - 23 juin 2006”.

S. MARCHISIO
“The Evolutionary Stages of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)”
Journal of Space Law, Vol. 31, N. 1, 2005, pp. 219-242.

S. MARCHISIO
“Benefits of Becoming Party to the Treaties and Conducting Activities in Accordance with the Principles: Panel Discussion”
In “Proceedings of the United Nations/Nigeria Workshop on Space Law: Meeting International Responsibility and Addressing Domestic Needs, Abuja, 21-24 November 2005 ”, United Nations, 2006, pp. 114-116.

S. MARCHISIO
“Le droit de l’espace élaboré au sein des Nations Unies”
In “Actes du colloque: Quel environnement juridique pour les activités spatiales”, Paris, 2003, pp. 16-20.

N. MALYSHEVA
“General Convention on Space Law: Some Arguments for Elaboration”
In “Proceedings of the Forty-Seventh Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 2004”, Vol. 47, pp. 254-258.

M. OTHMAN
“United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs”
In K.-H. BOCKSTIEGEL (ed.), “Project 2001 – Legal Framework for the Commercial Use of Outer space: Recommendations and Conclusion to Develop the Present State of the Law”, Carl Heymanns Verlag, Cologne, 2002, p. 27.

K.-U. SCHROGL
“A New Impetus for Space Law Making: The 1999 Reform of UNCOPUOS and How It Works”
In “Proceedings of the Forty-Third Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 2000”.

A. D. TEREKHOV
“UN General Assembly Resolutions and Outer Space Law”
In F. LYALL, P. B. LARSEN (eds.), “Space law”, Ashgate, 2007.

M. WILLIAMS
“The Declarations and Legal Principles on Outer Space Today”
In “Proceedings of the United Nations/ Islamic Republic of Iran Workshop on Space Law: Role of International Space Law in the Development and Strengthening of International and Regional Cooperation in the Peaceful Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Tehran, 8-11 November 2009”, United Nations, 2010.
 
 

 
Useful links

UNOOSA International Space Law website

UNOOSA Legal Studies and Background Documents website

UNOOSA Legal Subcommittee website

UNOOSA Space Law Update (SLU) website (electronic publication)

UNOOSA Workshops on Space Law website
 
 
Last update: 27 June 2011

 


 
 
 
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