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Contracting for Space
Contract Practice in the European Space Sector

ISBN 9781138247833
Published September 30, 2016 by Routledge
456 Pages

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Recent significant developments in the European space sector have had an impact on business and the growth of national and European commercial space law. This book analyses and assesses the legal issues and key factors influencing the space sector in Europe. It is an up-to-date guide to the regulatory background of space projects and examines the typical legal problems which need to be solved by practitioners in the field. Taking into account public and commercial international law and practice, this book examines substantive issues of law specific to launchers, satellite manufacturers and space service providers with contributions from leading experts and practitioners in the field of European space law and policy.



Lesley Jane Smith is a Professor of Law at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and the Riga Graduate School of Law, University of Latvia and a practising Member of the Law Society of Scotland and the Hanseatic Bar of Bremen. She is a Partner in the law firm Weber-Steinhaus & Smith, Cotton Exchange, Bremen. After her studies and legal training in the UK, Prof. Smith went on to work for international law firms in France and Germany, followed by postgraduate study in European Law in Brussels and in Comparative law in Italy. After exposure to work in government legislative review and reform within the Scottish Law Commission, Prof. Smith became a researcher in European law at the Centre for European Legal Policy, ZERP, University of Bremen, where she completed her thesis Dr. iur. in 1990. Prof Smith has a long record of teaching within European and Comparative Law degree programmes, including the German-Dutch Hanse Law School, and was latterly appointed Rector of the Riga Graduate School of Law, University of Latvia, where she remains as a full professorial member of Faculty. She has also published widely on the subject of commercial space law, latterly liability for Galileo GNSS, and issues of spatial data. As a result of her commitment, Professor Smith was appointed a member of the International Institute of Space Law in 2003 and is currently a candidate for the International academy of Astronautics. Ingo Baumann is partner in the law firm BHO Legal based in Cologne and Munich. He holds a PhD of the Cologne Institute of Air and Space Law and is member of the International Institute of Space Law, the European Centre for Space Law and the International Bar Association Practice Groups of Space and Communications Law. Before establishing BHO Legal, Ingo Baumann was legal advisor as well as Head of the Galileo Project Office within the German Aerospace Centre. He has now more than 10 years practical experience as legal advisor in the Space Sector and has been responsible for numerous large scale satellite projects. Ingo Baumann is guest lecturer at the International Space University as well as at Leiden University and has published several works on ITU frequency matters, privatization of the International Satellite Organizations, GNSS or Geoinformation services.


'This book is a toolbox for space practitioners. Name a topic - from as general as policy to as specific as procurement - and you will find it covered. The chapters are written by a plethora of specialists, yet form a coherent guide, expertly edited by two experienced legal scholars/practitioners. At a time when the European space industry is at a cross-roads and the formulation of a European strategy for space high on the political agenda, this book is a must for any space lawyer.' Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Leiden Law School, The Netherlands 'This book is an exciting survey of the increasing number of cases and growing laws and policies applicable to space activities in Europe. It can be used by practitioners and policy makers as a valuable legal resource in the definition of regulatory, economic and policy factors of the European space policy.' Marco Ferrazzani, ESA Legal Counsel, Paris 'An essential compendium and welcome update on developments and practice in space law and business in Europe. The interaction between well-known academics and practitioners, the link between international law of outer space and private law aspects of space activities combine to make it exciting reading for practitioners and students alike.' Armel Kerrest, University of Western Brittany and Paris XI, France and Vice-Chairman of the European Center for Space Law of the European Space Agency 'A comprehensive and long awaited overview of contracting for space, this book is mandatory reading for stakeholders in the rich and complex field of international contracts. Gathering a formidable amount of information and references, it has the exceptional merit of combining very well informed analyses of space policy and current legal challenges, as well as providing a valuable tool kit for the practitioner.' Franck Germes, Head of the Navigation Procurement Division at the European Space Agency