Launching Space Objects: Issues of Liability and Future by V. Kayser

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Ca> (accessed 01/2001). (37) These fundamental differences between air and space law, revolving around the concept of sovereignty, have, in our opinion, strongly differentiated the level of regulation between these two areas. In the field of air law, the strength of the concept of sovereignty has left States much more in control of the rules applicable to the circulation of aircraft over their territories. This has ultimately forced them, in order not to hamper air traffic, to coordinate their regulatory actions and framework.

39) Space law has been referred to as lex specialis of international law. A. Wassenbergh, Principles of Outer Space Law in Hindsight (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1991) P. Malanczuk; “Space Law as a Branch of International Law”, in European Center for Space Law ed, ECSL Proceedings of the Third ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 1994), 73. (40) The subjects of space law will be analyzed more in detail in the context of the developments devoted to liability provisions in space law, further in this Chapter 1.

Org> or mirror site at (accessed: 01/2001) E. N. Shaw, International Law, supra note 33, at 56. (53) B. Cheng, “Article VI of the 1967 Space Treaty Revisited: ‘International Responsibility’, ‘National Activities’, and ‘The Appropriate State’” (1998) 26:1 Journal of Space Law, 7, at 9. 32 opinion, these two terms are the two facets of one same fact: a State will have to compensate the victim of a damage which that State has caused. We will use the terms “responsibility” and “liability” interchangeably in our developments.

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