LAWS 7026 International Space Law - Commercial Aspects

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200963

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Description This subject examines the underlying legal principles that regulate the use, exploration and exploitation of space, and how International Law can and should be applied to the many different State and private commercial uses of outer space. It examines the existing international legal regime - the five United Nations Space Treaties and key Declarations of Principles related to space activities - as well as a number of domestic regulatory systems, including the Australian legal regime. The subject also concentrates on the (many) uses and proposed uses of space for which the legal framework may not be particularly well suited.

School Law

Discipline International Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 7057

Incompatible Subjects LAWS 3068 - Space Law – Commercial Aspects


Students must be enrolled in 2824 Master of Laws or 2826 Juris Doctor to enrol in this subject.

Students in program 8083 Bachelor of Research Studies or in 3755 Master of Data Science, 3699 MICT, 3698 MICT (Adv) in the T030 Space Science, testamur major should seek permission from the law school via a rule waiver to enrol in this subject.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Assess key elements of the Australian legal framework as they relate to space law.
  2. Examine the evolution of the legal regime regulating the use and exploration of space.
  3. Analyse the international treaties and United Nations Principles which regulate space activities.
  4. Critically examine problems within the existing legal regime relating to the use of space to persuasively present oral arguments.

Subject Content

- legal Definition of space and The need for A legal regime for space
- The role of UNCOPUOS (United nations Committee on Peaceful uses of Outer space)
- Differentiating space Law and Air Law
- The space Treaties and The United nations principles
- Telecommunications and The Geostationary Orbit
- national regulation of launching Activities
- The space environment and The Problem of space debris
- space tourism and Traffic control Issues and Coordination with The regulation of Air travel
- financing and Insurance aspects of space Activities
- Exploitation of space resources
- Military uses of Outer space


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Participation Ongoing 10 N Individual
Essay 3,000 words 45 N Individual
Final Exam take home exam 24 hours 45 N Individual