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Starting Out - Research Guides
"From the advent of space flight beginning with Sputnik, then with flights to the moon and the continuing use of the international Space Station, spaceflight has taken the center stage on many occasions. Less obvious is that there is a legal environment in which these activities take place."
Michael J. Listner
This research guide is intended to assist law students in locating and accessing important sources of international space law.
International organizations and bodies of space experts work to advance the body of space law through nonbinding processes. Much of the documents produced through these processes can be found the organization's web pages.
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Founded on the principle of international cooperation between governments and the private sector, ITU is a U.N. regulatory body responsible for information and communication technologies. Its duties include oversight of radio frequencies, assignigning satellite orbits, and establishing worldwide standards.
European Centre for Space Law (ECSL)
The aim of this forum is to provide updated information on Europe’s contribution to space activities beyond Europe, and therefore to enhance the European position in the field of space law practice, teaching and publications.
Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC)
The Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) is an international governmental forum for the worldwide coordination of activities related to the issues of man-made and natural debris in space.
United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has been the source of international space law development. It was set up by the General Assembly in 1959 to review the scope of international cooperation, to devise programs to be undertaken under United Nations auspices, to encourage research and the dissemination of information on outer space matters, and to study legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space.
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs implements the decisions of the General Assembly and of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems
This is an informal body to promote cooperation, as appropriate, on matters of mutual interest related to civilian satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing and value-added services, as well as the compatibility and interoperability of global navigation satellite systems, while increasing their use to support sustainable development, particularly in developing countries.