|Launching space objects : issues of liability and future prospects
|[S.l.] : Kluwer, 2001
|Space regulations library
|x, 386 p. / 25 cm
|Includes bibliographical references
|Artificial satellites--Launching--Law and legislation ; Liability for space vehicle accidents
Launch activities performed by private entities deal with a complex legal environment. The Space Treaties provide a general liability framework. Launch participants are subject to regulatory or institutional control, and to domestic liability laws. Specific contractual practice developed due to insurance limitations, the inter-participants waivers of liability, and claims.
This book synthesizes information on the norms at play, to allow the grasp of their relative weight and interactions in the assessment of liability risk for launch activities.
The book offers suggestions of new approaches for: harmonizing waivers of liability to improve their consistency, validity and flow-down and improving the Space Treaties for their implementation to non-governmental launch activities
In the launch community, the need for lawmaking is less compelling than in fields such as aviation. Nevertheless, adjustments to the present framework are proposed through model clauses and an international instrument, for further thinking and contribution by those sharing the opinion that creative lawmaking is needed now to prepare for tomorrow's endeavours.
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