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Judge Vladlen Stepanovich Vereshchetin

Judge Vladlen Stepanovich Vereshchetin
Former Member
International Court of Justice
Honorary Director
International Institute of Space Law

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Law of Outer Space
The Law of Outer Space in the General Legal Field
(Commonality and Particularities)
This lecture touches on some fundamental elements of the content and structure of the legal discipline broadly defined as the law of outer space or space law. It identifies the features of this discipline similar to other legal disciplines and those distinctive from them.

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Law of Outer Space
The Law of Outer Space in the General Legal Field
(Commonality and Particularities)
A. Legal Instruments
Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, New York, 19 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 610, p. 205.

Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space, New York, 19 December 1967, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 672, p. 119.

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Vienna, 23 May 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1155, p. 331.

Convention on the International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects, New York, 29 November 1971, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 961, p. 187.

Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space, New York, 12 November 1974, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1023, p. 15.

Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, New York, 5 December 1979, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1363, p. 3.

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations, Vienna, 21 March 1986.

B. Jurisprudence
C. Documents
General Assembly resolution 1962 (XVIII) of 13 December 1963 (Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space).

General Assembly resolution 51/122 of 13 December 1996 (Declaration on International Cooperation in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for the Benefit and in the Interest of All States, Taking into Particular Account the Needs of Developing Countries).

General Assembly resolution 62/101 of 17 December 2007 (Recommendations on enhancing the practice of States and international intergovernmental organizations in registering space objects).

General Assembly resolution 62/217 of 22 December 2007 (International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space).

Council of the European Union, Draft for a Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, 27 September 2010.
D. Doctrine
M. Bedjaoui, “Classicism and Revolution in the Elaboration of the Principles and Rules of Space Law”, in N. Jasentuliyana (ed.), Perspectives on International Law, Kluwer Law Int., London/The Hague/Cambridge MA, 1995.

Sir A.C. Clarke: 90th Birthday Reflections, 16 December 2007.

W. Friedmann, Legal Theory, Stevens and Sons Limited, London, 1949.

F. Lyall/P.B. Larsen, Space Law: A Treatise, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2009.