Leiden Islam Blog

Dossier: Air and Space law

  • Jurisdiction in the Moon Village

    Jurisdiction in the Moon Village

    The Moon Village is a trendsetting project involving multiple uses by multiple users. The industry has no way of knowing whose governance they might be swept off to. So it is necessary to clarify rules on jurisdiction allocation in this community.
  • Will the United States rule space resource mining?

    Will the United States rule space resource mining?

    The USA passed a new law making it legal for US companies to own resources obtained in outer space. Will this lead to a ‘gold rush’ by U.S. companies, or is there hope for an international agreement?
  • Troubled times for Air France/KLM

    Troubled times for Air France/KLM

    Air France-KLM consists of Dutch and French subsidiary companies. What if daughter KLM is stripped down for the benefit of the French holding Air France-KLM? Are there lessons to be learned in order to safeguard public interests in cross-border situations?
  • Gaining Freedom, Losing Space

    Gaining Freedom, Losing Space

    Classic international space law instruments promote the freedom of States to explore and use outer space for peaceful purposes, providing only vague restrictions on this freedom. Should the freedom of use be restricted?
  • Aviation and Climate Change, all Talk and no Action?

    Aviation and Climate Change, all Talk and no Action?

    The impact of international aviation on climate change is a topical issue. Despite appearances, the last resolution of the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation on this subject may be seen as a clear defeat for the European Union.
  • Angry Birds

    Angry Birds

    The problem of bird strikes – a collision between a bird and an aircraft – is a problem airports and airlines around the world are familiar with. Therefore it has also gained the attention of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Space Junk and the Law

    Space Junk and the Law

    Another collision between a satellite and a piece of space debris has occurred. Will states manage to agree on rules to reduce the creation of debris and start cleaning up their mess?
  • Passenger rights in the EU or creative ruling by the CJEU

    Passenger rights in the EU or creative ruling by the CJEU

    Regulation 261/2004 was adopted to provide air transport passengers with more rights against airlines in cases of delay and cancellation. This Regulation led to a number of questions and issues which have been ‘solved’ by the CJEU rather creatively.
  • Space travel and crime reduction

    Space travel and crime reduction

    Images of earth as seen from outer space have given rise to a new awareness which might contribute to the reduction and prevention of crime.
  • Will YOU own the next space project?

    Will YOU own the next space project?

    From private owned launchers to private missions into deep space, governments are no longer the sole promoter of space activities. As crowd funding for small-scale space projects becomes a reality, some legal questions arise
  • Pioneers in space, work for lawyers

    Pioneers in space, work for lawyers

    The conquest of outer space may soon move to the next level. Private entities have the funds, know-how and drive that most States nowadays seem to lack. Additional regulation is needed to complement the UN space treaties concluded in the cold war era.