The Monograph Series, published by the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, is a collection of peer-reviewed publications on special topics of interest in air and space law. The books contain original and quality research works by subject-matter experts and academics that have been presented at conferences and symposiums organised by the Centre.
Edited by Aram Daniel Kerkonian
Fifty years since the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE), humankind’s newest frontier has transformed from a domain of exploration to one of use. SImilarly, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to address modern realities by building upon the success of the Millennium Development Goals. As such, the UN 2030 Agenda lays out 17 Sustainable Development Goals to help end poverty, protect the planet, ensure prosperity and promote global peace. With this global vision in mind, outer space and its activities can contribute significantly to reach this objective - the sustainable development of space will assist in the sustainable economic, social and environmental development of Earth.
As the sixth publication of the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law’s Monograph Series, this book contains selected papers presented at the 5th Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance and the UN 2030 Agenda, which took place on 5-6 May 2017 in Montreal, Canada, coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty. The event featured over 50 speakers, 100 attendees and two high-level panels co-organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Canadian Space Agency. The 5th Manfred Lachs Conference culminated with the “Global Space Governance Resolution”, put forth by more than one hundred members of civil society, in the lead-up to UNISPACE+50.
The various chapters of this book, written by renowned international scholars, professionals and diplomats, address questions of sustainable development on Earth as well as in space, paying particular attention to the interface between the two. This interdisciplinary work presents fresh ideas aimed to ensure the continued sustainable development of outer space as well as its effects on the sustainable development of life on Earth.
Monograph Series V: Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law (2017)
Edited by Maria Manoli & Sandy Belle Habchi
With space technologies providing new possibilities to humankind and rendering the uses of outer space accessible to more and more space actors, conflicting interests arise. Military uses of outer space, commercial exploitation of outer space, and private investment in space activities constitute only some of the realities that could give rise to potential conflicts. Conflicts not only in the traditional sense of the term but in its comprehensive meaning: those that emerge from a clash of interests between State and private space actors, those that result from the possibility of use of force in outer space, those that are a consequence of new space applications as well as those that stem from space governance ponderings.
The purpose of this book is to explore all the potential conflicts in all segments of the uses of outer space and discuss the strength of the international regime that governs space activities to regulate emerging space uses as well as to discuss whether the way forward can be based on the traditional international space law regime or whether the need for new rules has yet arrived.
The various chapters of this book comprise selected papers that were presented at the 4th Manfred Lachs Conference on Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law and are authored by a wide caliber of
renowned professionals in space-related disciplines, such as professors, academics, diplomats, scientists, lawyers and legal advisors. Thus this book takes an interdisciplinary look at the current status of space activities and paves a discussion on where and how the future use and exploration of outer space head.
Monograph Series IV: Commercialisation of Space and NewSpace
For the last few years, we have been witnessing the emergence of the fourth phase in the global space exploration and use. This movement, or trend, has been labelled as “NewSpace”, and it is democratising and rapidly expanding the scope of space utilisation. The global space economy is estimated to be about US$ 330 billion and some believe that it could reach US$ 600 billion by 2030. NewSpace activities will likely be a major contributor to this phenomenal growth.
As the fourth publication of the Centre’s Monograph Series, this book contains 19 chapters carefully selected from 47 papers presented at the 3rd Manfred Lachs International Conference on NewSpace Commercialisation and the Law, held on 16-17 March 2015 in Montreal, Canada, attended by experienced and knowledgeable people from the industry, international institutions, academia, and government bodies in various countries.
The chapters in the book represent the state of the art in current and future NewSpace activities, and the challenges of space law, policy, and regulation. Specifically, they address existing and unresolved issues and problems, as well as those that will need to be confronted within the next decade, in order to allow a responsible use of space by all stakeholders, while integrating and facilitating the rise of NewSpace activities.
Monograph Series III: Global Space Governance
Since the dawn of space age and the subsequent adoption of various space treaties and resolutions in the last century, the international legal regime governing space activities has remained largely unchanged. However, in the span of mere decades, the world has seen dramatic changes in the ways space is accessed and used. Unforeseen during the formulation of the current space governance regime, the privatisation and commercialisation of space, the proliferation of space actors and the spectre of space becoming a theatre for conflict are just some of the issues which can have serious implications for the future of space activities and humanity. To safeguard the peace, sustainability and welfare of our global village, it is imperative that our collective future and activities in outer space are guided by the rule of law and order.
As the third publication of the Centre’s Monograph Series, this book contains selected papers presented at the 2nd Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance, which took place on 29-31 May 2014 in Montreal, Canada. The event was the most comprehensive meeting of academics, subject-matter experts and officials from various space agencies and militaries, since the last United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) in 1999.
The various chapters of the book, written by an array of renowned international scholars, professionals and diplomats, address the meaning and significance of “global space governance” from sociological, legal, economic, environmental and policy perspectives. It is a seminal and truly interdisciplinary work that delves into new ideas aimed at fashioning and ensuring the exploration and use of outer space are for peaceful purposes and in the interest of humankind. Price: CAN $100.
See the table of contents for Monograph III: Global Space Governance.
Monograph Series II: Emerging Trends in Aviation and Space Applications - Legal, Safety and Policy Issues
Edited by Professor Ram Jakhu, Sanat Kaul, and Kuan-Wei Chen (2014)
In recent years, the world has witnessed rapid development and growth in the aerospace sector, and this growth is most prominent in emerging economies and developing countries.
Increasing air transportation and space applications have cultivated economic benefits and facilitated international exchange and cooperation. However, these activities also raise various legal and policy issues that require in-depth study and planning for enhancing their growth.
Containing a collection of selected papers presented at the Third Workshop and International Conference on Emerging Trends in Aviation and Space Applications: Legal, Safety and Policy Issues (New Delhi, 25–29 April 2012), this book will be useful for anybody with an interest in the aerospace industry and will provide guidelines for those involved in the development of laws and policies to cope with the rapid developments in the aerospace industry. 448 pages, soft cover, CAN $80.
See the table of contents for Monograph II: Emerging Trends in Aviation and Space Applications - Legal, Safety and Policy Issues.
Monograph Series I: Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation
The myriad of issues and challenges related to air and space transportation systems are not restricted to any one discipline. As such, an international and interdisciplinary approach is required in order to objectively examine and appropriately address matters related to the technological, economic, social, legal and policy developments in this budding field of human activity.
The 1st Manfred Lachs Conference on the Regulation Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation was convened on 24 and 25 May 2013 in Montreal, Canada. This book contains some of the conference papers and brief summaries of the discussions that took place at the Conference. 358 pages, soft cover, CAN $50.
See the table of contents to Monograph Series I: Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation
- Message from the International Civil Aviation Organization, by Nancy Graham
- The Time to Organise Space is Now!, by Tomasso Sgobba
- A New Way to Look at Things, by George Nield