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Mr. Vladimir Kopal

Mr. Vladimír Kopal
Professor of International Law
West Bohemian University
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Chairman, Legal Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space


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Law of Outer Space
The Progressive Development of International Space Law by the United Nations
During the last five decades, an international legal basis for space activities was built up. It was established in the United Nations through its Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Legal Subcommittee, which contributed to the progressive development of international law in a special field of outer space. The present system of space law now comprises the UN Space Treaties and Principles, other international space agreements and also national laws, which complete international norms by national regulations of activities performed under the jurisdiction of individual States.

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Law of Outer Space
The Progressive Development of International Space Law by the United Nations
Related Documents
United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space and Related General Assembly resolutions, United Nations, New York, 2008, Doc. ST/SPACE/11/Rev.2 and Addendum 1.

von WELCK, Stephan Frhr. und PLATZÖDER, Renate, Weltraumrecht Law of Outer Space, Textsammlung. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, 1987.

National Space Legislation. Thematic Collection (Russian and English Versions), Vol. I, General Issues, State regulation, MALYSHEVA, N. - SHEMSHUCHENKO, Yu. eds., Kyiv, 2001.
Recommended Reading
LACHS, Manfred, 'The Law of Outer Space. An Experience in Contemporary Law-Making, Sijthoff Leiden, 1972.

JASENTULIYANA, N. and LEE, Roy S.K., eds., Manual on Space Law, Vol. I and II, Oceana Publications, Inc., Dobbs Ferry, New York, Sijthoff and Noordhoff/Alphen aan den Rijn, 1979.

CHRISTOL, Carl Q., The Modern International Law of Outer Space, Pargamon Press, New York, Oxford, Toronto, Sydney, Paris, Frank¬furt, 1982.

BENKÖ, Marietta, de GRAAF Willem and REIJNEN, Gijsbertha C.M., Space Law in the United Nations, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, Lancaster, 1985.

JASENTULIYANA, N., A Survey of Space Law as Developed by the United Nations, in Perspectives on International Law, JASENTULIANA, N. ed., Kluwer Law International, 1995, Chapter 16.

KOLOSOV, Yu. M. , Mezhdunarodnoe kosmicheskoe pravo, in Mezhdunarodnoe pravo, KOLOSOV, Yu. M. and KUZNECOV, V.I., eds., Mezhdunarodnie otnochenia, Moskva, 1995, Glava XXII.

KOPAL, Vladimir, United Nations and the Progressive Develop¬ment of International Space Law, in The Finnish Yearbook of International Law, Vol. VII, 1996, pp. 1 s.

CHENG, Bin, Studies in International Space Law, Oxford Univer¬sity Press, Oxford, 1997.

YAKOVENKO, A.V., Sovremennie kosmicheskie proekty. Mezhdunarodno pravovie problemy, Mezhdunarodnie otnocheniya, Moskva, 2000.

von KRIES, Wulf, SCHMIDT-TEDD, Bernhard, SCHROGL, Kai-Uwe, Grundzüge des Raumfahrtrechts, Rahmenbestimmungen und Anwendungs/gebiete, Verlag C.H. Beck, München, 2002.

DIEDERIKS-VERSCHOOR, I.H.Ph. and KOPAL V., An Introduction to Space Law, Third Revised Edition, Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands, 2008.