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LS452W: SPACE LAW: PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW (2022-2023)

Last modified: 15 Nov 2022 16:11


Course Overview

This course addresses the international legal rules and principles applicable to activities in outer space, including the UN-based space treaties and international customary (space) law, and also the many specialised regimes such as those applicable to the protection of the outer space environment, the regulation of military activities and the peaceful settlement of international space law disputes. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Maria Manoli

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Either Law (LS) or Bachelor Of Laws With International Exchange (With Honours)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

This course addresses the international legal rules and principles applicable to activities in outer space, including the UN-based space treaties and international customary (space) law, and also the many specialised regimes such as those applicable to the protection of the outer space environment, the regulation of military activities and the peaceful settlement of international space law disputes.

The aims of this course are fivefold.

First, this course aims to introduce students to the legal framework under international law that pertains to the rights and obligations of States in relation to the various uses of outer space, and the mechanisms in place that allow States to settle their disputes peacefully.

Second, students will become familiar with the history and underlying legal principles of law addressing outer space and how space law has been influenced by the principles of sovereignty, common heritage of mankind and the freedom of the high seas. This will enable a better understanding of the tensions between these principles when applied to specific areas of space law, such as the utilization of outer space resources and the protection of the outer space environment against space debris pollution.

Third, students may further advance their legal skills by applying their knowledge of general public international law principles to the specialist international law governing the activities of States in the exploration and use of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies.

Fourth, students will develop their legal skills in relation to reading and analysing existing legal provisions as applicable to the regulation of space-based military activities and the approaches developed in the practice of the United Nations and individual States.

Fifth, students will be exposed to cutting-edge developments in international law, such as recent decisions and resolutions by international organisations and agencies relating to space law, and the ongoing work of competent international bodies such as the European Space Agency (ESA).


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26 - 29, 31 - 32

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 39 Feedback Weeks 41

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Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseRecognize and analyse the different conflicts that arise from the governance of outer space and the activities which take place on it from a jurisdictional and sectoral perspective.
ReflectionAnalyseBe able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the area of international space law.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 31 Feedback Weeks 34

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Feedback will be provided via the gradebook on MyAberdeen.

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop practical understanding of concepts and rules of international space law by analysing examples using general principles, rules and procedures of international law and crafting legal arguments.
ProceduralApplyDevelop reasoning, research and communication skills to generate critical and creative ideas relating to the use of law in the peaceful and sustainable utilization of outer space resources.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Re-sit Failed Element in same format if due to to extenuating circumstances.

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop practical understanding of concepts and rules of international space law by analysing examples using general principles, rules and procedures of international law and crafting legal arguments.
ProceduralApplyDevelop reasoning, research and communication skills to generate critical and creative ideas relating to the use of law in the peaceful and sustainable utilization of outer space resources.
ConceptualAnalyseRecognize and analyse the different conflicts that arise from the governance of outer space and the activities which take place on it from a jurisdictional and sectoral perspective.
ReflectionAnalyseBe able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the area of international space law.
ConceptualUnderstandObtain grounding in international legal and regulatory framework governing space, the sources of space law, international treaties, and custom, and how these elements are tested in different contexts.

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