General Principles Of Space Law

ASPL 637

3 credits
Space Law: General Principles.

Air & Space Law: Examination of the role of international law in the regulation of outer space activities.

Offered by: Air and Space Law

  • Terms
    • Fall 2018
  • Instructors
    • There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018 academic year


Prof. Ram Jakhu
Faculty of Law, McGill University
3690 Peel street, Rm 200
(514) 398-1382 ram.jakhu [at] (Email)


The objective of the course is to examine the role of international law in the regulation of outer space activities. The course covers the following topics: current and potential future uses of outer space; the law-making process relating to space activities and the international institutions that are involved in this process; the legal regime of outer space and celestial bodies including the exploitation of their natural resources; the legal status of spacecraft including their registration; liability for damage caused by space activities; assistance to astronauts and spacecraft in distress, settlement of space-related disputes, etc.

View the Course Outline (Jakhu, 2010) [.pdf]

  • Term: I
  • Prerequisites: None (however, some knowledge of public international law is assumed)
  • Evaluation: refer to the most recent Course Offerings document found on the SAO's Current courses & registration information page, from which the latest exam schedules can also be downloaded.
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Office hours: to be arranged at a mutually convenient time.