Universität Wien FIND

030452 KU Commercial Aspects of Space Law (2017S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 28.03. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Mittwoch 29.03. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Montag 03.04. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Dienstag 04.04. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Mittwoch 05.04. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Mittwoch 03.05. 13:00 - 16:00 PC-Raum 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1.UG


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course examines the underlying legal principles that regulate the use, exploration and exploitation of space, and how International Law can and should be applied to the many different State and private commercial uses of outer space. It expands on the existing international legal regime - the five United Nations Space Treaties and key Declarations of Principles related to space activities, as well as a number of domestic regulatory systems and then focuses on specific issues of contemporary interest.


1. The Course will be taught by way of 5 x 3 hour in-class seminars (17.00-20.00 on 28 and 29 March and 3, 4, 5 April) plus a site visit to attend the UNCOPUOS LSC Meeting at VIC .

2. Students will be required to prepare for the classes by completing the assigned readings before each class.

It is anticipated that the Course will enable students to:

1. Understand the historical evolution of the existing international legal regime regulating the use and exploration of outer space.

2. Engage in critical discussion of specific problems arising from the assigned readings

3. Analyse and examine the details of the five international Treaties and the various United Nations Principles which regulate certain activities in space.

4. Critically consider the problems and ambiguities within the existing legal regime.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

1. Short in-class test on 4 April 2016 (20% of the final mark)

2. Final written short answer exam on 25 April 2017 (10 questions - 90 minutes - 80% of the mark)

3. Students may bring a copy the Space Law Treaties and Resolutions to both exams.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Students are required to attend at least 4 out of the 6 scheduled classes, including the visit to the UNCOPUOS LSC Meeting.


1. The fundamental principles of international space law including responsibility/liability, peaceful purposes, non-appropriation, jurisdiction and control
2. The space law treaties / major soft-law instruments

3. The exploitation of space natural resources / property rights in space
4. The needs of developing countries
5. The military uses of outer space
6. The utilisation of small satellites
7. Dispute resolution mechanisms
8. The need for national space law
9. The space environment / long-term sustainability
10. The use of insurance for commercial space activities
11. Space tourism


Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 19.02.2018 11:33