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International Space Law
Last Updated Date:   16 June 2022


4 Credits,  Semester 1

Course Description:
Globally, space-derived products and services will combine assets and annual revenues in excess of USD 1 trillion by 2040. How is this strategic, high-stakes, and high-impact sector regulated? How can the international legal framework ensure the protection of the outer space environment, efficient and effective regulation of the (New) space economy, and democratic and equitable access to outer space and the collateral benefits of space exploration? This course takes a disruptive approach in its discussion of the international law regulating the use of, and activities in, outer space. It will examine issues such as State responsibility, liability for damage, jurisdiction, property rights, dispute settlement, and environmental protection. This course juxtaposes these basic tenets of international space law with applications, industries and sectors such as telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, military and dual use, resource management, and human spaceflight. The course looks at contemporary and upcoming legal issues relating to space activities, including issues relating to venture capital, cross border transactions and investments, space environmentalism, and space traffic governance. It will examine the evolution of one of the most exciting and profitable industries today, and the interaction of that industry, its technologies, and its risks, with the framework of international law.

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Course Convenor: Adjunct Prof Gérardine Goh Escolar

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4320 / LL5320 / LL6320 / LLJ5320

Contact Hours: 9 sessions over 3 weeks: Three, 3hr weekly seminars

Workload: Intensive course: Wk 1 - 3; Dates: 8- 26 Aug 2022 [Mon, Wed: 6.30 - 9.30pm; & Fri: 2.30 - 5.30pm]

Mode of Assessment: Class Participation - 20% & 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 80% [Release: Fri, 30 Sep 2022 (3pm); Due: Fri, 30 Sep 2022 (9pm)]

Preclusions: LL4320V/LL5320V/LL6320V International Space Law.

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

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