Postgraduate Course: Space Law and Policy (LAWS11494)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course will explore the five main UN treaties relating to space (Outer Space 1967, Rescue Agreement 1968, Liability Convention 1972, Registration Agreement 1975 and Moon Agreement 1979) and their continuing relevance to recent developments in the field of space exploration and use. In addition, specific developments or challenges in regulating space such as the ownership of space resources, space debris and traffic management, human space flight, remote sensing and the weaponisation of space.
1. Sources of Space law and the Outer Space Treaty: where does space begin?
2. The Registration Convention
3. The Liability Convention: the challenge of commercial space flight
4. The Moon and Rescue Agreements: from the dawn of human space flight to the International Space Station
5. Peaceful uses of outer spaces and military activity
6. Commercial exploitation of space: space mining
7. Sustainability and space debris
8. Space Traffic Management
9. Remote Sensing: military and civil applications
10. National and regional perspectives
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formative assessment: 2,000-word assignment submitted in Week 8. The formative assessment is designed to assist the students in planning for the final summative essay.
Summative assessment: written essay of 4,000 words (70%); four reflective diary posts, to be posted in weeks 3, 5, 7, and 9, each identifying one key learning outcome attained in the previous two weeks (30 %). Each diary entry to be no more than 250 words in length.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the international law relating to space, the main sources of space law, and key actors at international, regional and national level engaged in its regulation.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the inter-relationship between international and national law in the field; the impact of technological developments; and how private as well as public activity in the field is now being regulated.
|At present two core texts are Introduction to Space Law by Masson-Zwaan and Hofmann (Wolters Kluwer, 2019) and the Handbook of Space Law by Von der Dunk and Tronchetti (Elgar, 2015). Space law is also covered in a number of specialised law journals held by the library. |
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. Students will be able to identify relevant legal resources and develop a critical awareness of how ethical and technological challenges are being addressed in the context of finite resources and activities that can both enhance human wellbeing and threaten it.
2. Students will develop their knowledge through research and active online discussion. They will be encouraged to carry out independent research in developing their blog and final essay and to test out and critically assess the existing law and policy with reference to that research.
3. Students will explore key concepts and theories and, in particular, the role of international law in this area on the course discussion forum. The blog and final essay will require students to engage with different writing styles and to be precise and focused.
4. Students will be required to explain and evaluate key principles, the effectiveness of existing law and regulation and ongoing challenges on the basis of assigned reading. Clarity, focus and precision will in particular be an important component of the ongoing forum discussion. Students will take responsibility for the effectiveness of this component of the course.
5. Students will gain experience collaborating with other students on the forum and making this a valuable interactive experience.
|Course organiser||Dr Rachael Craufurd-Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 2061
|Course secretary||Ms Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704