“In recognition of his outstanding and dedicated services to the International Institute of Space Law and to the international legal community, his distinguished leadership in the development of international space law and institutions such as the European Centre for Space Law; his stewardship in organisation of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competitions in Europe; his exceptional contributions to academics and space law literature, and his leading role for advancing international space law in the United Nations and other intergovernmental bodies” this has been the motivation of the Distinguished Service Award, attributed by IISL to the author in 2015. Building on this decades-long academic and professional experience, The Law of Outer Space Activities provides an up-to-date treatise through a multi-faceted perspective and with special regard to State practice. The text deals with the main chapters of this legal discipline from the sources of space law, including the UN space treaties and non-legally binding instruments, to the issues of responsibility and liability of States for national space activities carried out by public agencies and private actors, as well as registration of space objects. It also gives an overview on the main institutions dealing with space-related matters, as UN, ITU, ESA and EU. Furthermore, it addresses latest developments on outstanding issues, such as planetary defense, exploitation of space natural resources, and safety, sustainability and security of outer space activities.
Throughout the book, the author accompanies legal reasoning with vibrant insights on the state-of-the-art of space law and policy at the international, regional and national levels. From this perspective, its ambition is to rise an ever-increasing interest of University students in the law of outer space activities.