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030518 KU General Legal Framework of the Use of Outer Space Technologies (2017W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 46 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 18.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Wednesday 25.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Wednesday 08.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM62 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 15.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Wednesday 06.12. 16:30 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Wednesday 13.12. 16:30 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 08.01. 10:00 - 12:00 PC-Raum 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1.UG
Wednesday 31.01. 17:00 - 18:00 PC-Raum 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1.UG


Aims, contents and method of the course

This elective course will provide an overview of the legal framework for activities in outer space and for the use of outer space technology. At the outset, general principles of space law as a branch of inter¬na¬tio¬nal law will be discussed. Furthermore, other obligations of States and private actors will be addressed. The course will deal with legal questions connected to different kinds of space activities, be it for commercial, scientific, security, or other purposes. The interaction of the different actors in the use of outer space technology will also be analysed, particularly in view of increased privatisation.
This course is part of the specialization ('Wahlfachkorb') in 'The Law of International Relations' and 'Law and Technology'. It will prepare for participation in ‘Recent Developments in Space Law’ by Guest Professor Stephan Hobe in the summer semester 2018.

The course is open also to international students, in particular Eras¬mus and Australian exchange students.
Guest speaker: Prof. Otto Koudelka (Graz University of Technology)

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation in class, e-learning and written exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A sound general understanding of the nature of space law as a field of study and of some of the perspectives from which the use of space technologies are analysed; a substantial awareness of new developments in space activities; a developed appreciation of some of the main contemporary issues of the peaceful use of outer space.

Examination topics

Students are expected to read assigned texts made available on the Moodle platform and to participate actively in the discussion. The final exam will be a written test (in English).

Reading list

I. H. Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor and V. Kopal, An Introduction to Space Law (2008). A hard copy of the book is available at the Department of International Law and International Relations.
- Legal Framework of the Use of Outer Space Activities (Marboe/Traunmüller). It also includes the five space law treaties and other important documents. You can buy it in the Facultas book store at the Law Faculty.
- Further material will be available on the Moodle e-learning platform.

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