The Law and Policy of Air Space and Outer Space: A Comparative Approach

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Kluwer Law International, 2003 - Law - 311 pages
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This is a policy oriented and comparatively oriented textbook on air and space law for students and practitioners. It covers the history and development in air and space law;
  • their interrelationships with the law of the seas and the law of Antartica;
  • institutions working in the field of air and space law;
  • sovereignty in national penal air law;
  • private international air law, especially liability law; and
  • public and private space law

Much attention is devoted to the law of air commerce: bilateral air services agreements; inter-airline co-operation; the effect of competition, antitrust and European Union law; deregulation, privatization and commercialization of air transport; ownership and control of airlines, and airline alliances; multilateralisation of air transport; and congestion and environmental controls. The last chapter of the book briefly deals with the legal aspects of commercial outer space application. Increasingly, air transport, both in fact and in law, is becoming an ordinary industry like any other and is being treated as such. Rapidly, commercial outer space activities are being privatized and commercialized.


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The origins of air and space law 1
National sovereignty 15
Organisations 29
Public aerospace law 43
Private aerospace law 67
The law and policy of air commerce 103
Commercial activities in outer space 157
Concluding remarks 165
Selected bibliography 297
Index 305

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