Recent significant developments in the European space sector have had an impact on business and the growth of national and European commercial space law. This book analyses and assesses the legal issues and key factors influencing the space sector in Europe. It is an up-to-date guide to the regulatory background of space projects and examines the typical legal problems which need to be solved by practitioners in the field. Taking into account public and commercial international law and practice, this book examines substantive issues of law specific to launchers, satellite manufacturers and space service providers with contributions from leading experts and practitioners in the field of European space law and policy.
'This book is a toolbox for space practitioners. Name a topic - from as general as policy to as specific as procurement - and you will find it covered. The chapters are written by a plethora of specialists, yet form a coherent guide, expertly edited by two experienced legal scholars/practitioners. At a time when the European space industry is at a cross-roads and the formulation of a European strategy for space high on the political agenda, this book is a must for any space lawyer.' Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Leiden Law School, The Netherlands 'This book is an exciting survey of the increasing number of cases and growing laws and policies applicable to space activities in Europe. It can be used by practitioners and policy makers as a valuable legal resource in the definition of regulatory, economic and policy factors of the European space policy.' Marco Ferrazzani, ESA Legal Counsel, Paris 'An essential compendium and welcome update on developments and practice in space law and business in Europe. The interaction between well-known academics and practitioners, the link between international law of outer space and private law aspects of space activities combine to make it exciting reading for practitioners and students alike.' Armel Kerrest, University of Western Brittany and Paris XI, France and Vice-Chairman of the European Center for Space Law of the European Space Agency 'A comprehensive and long awaited overview of contracting for space, this book is mandatory reading for stakeholders in the rich and complex field of international contracts. Gathering a formidable amount of information and references, it has the exceptional merit of combining very well informed analyses of space policy and current legal challenges, as well as providing a valuable tool kit for the practitioner.' Franck Germes, Head of the Navigation Procurement Division at the European Space Agency