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LAWS6362: International Space Law

2024 unit information

We are entering a new era of space exploration and exploitation, placing space law at the forefront of the international legal agenda. Space is no longer the sole domain of national governments, with private entities launching space flights and exploration activities. The potential for disputes is increasing, and the militarisation of space is a growing threat. This unit of study will analyse whether the existing international space law framework effectively regulates the space activities of the 21st century. In particular, this unit of study considers the international law relating to: the current and potential uses of outer space; international space institutions; the commercialisation of space; the exploitation of natural resources and sustainability; the regime for registration, liability, damage and rescue for space craft and space flight; telecommunications, satellites and national security issues; and the militarisation of space. This unit of study provides a critical overview of the current pressing issues facing the legal global governance of space activities. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6362
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and describe the key principles and agreements relating to international space law and define the role of institutions and organisations in administering them.
  • LO2. analyse the pressing policy issues facing institutions, organisations, and nations undertaking space activities in the 21st century.
  • LO3. apply advanced research skills to the analysis and synthesis of ideas and concepts related to areas of space law governance: exploration, commercialisation, exploitation, remediation, communications, and militarisation.
  • LO4. critically evaluate the effectiveness of the current international space law framework and identify opportunities for space law reform using a combination of written and oral arguments.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2a 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2a 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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