Volume I

Volume I of CoCoSL focuses on the 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies. Known as the “Outer Space Treaty”, it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 2222 (XXI) and opened for signature on 27 January 1967. It entered into force on 10 October 1967, and as of 1 January 2013, has received 102 ratifications and 26 signatures. Volume I of CoCoSL was presented to the public in October 2009 at the 52nd Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space of the International Institue of Space Law (IISL), in Daejeon, Republic of Korea.

Volume I provides a historical overview of the Outer Space Treaty, including a critical review as to its present-day applicability. A provision-by-provision analysis of the Outer Space Treaty is provided, including insights into the negotiations and drafting history, interpretation of the text of each Article, and future perspectives of the principles enshrined therein.

A total of twenty authors contributed to Volume I. Each substantive Article of the Outer Space Treaty is discussed in a dedicated chapter. The outline of Volume I is as follows:  

Chapter 1: Historical Background

Author: Stephan Hobe

Chapter 2: Preamble

Authors: Stephan Hobe and Niklas Hedman

Chapter 3: Article I of the Outer Space Treaty

Author: Stephan Hobe

Chapter 4: Article II of the Outer Space Treaty

Authors: Steven Freeland and Ram Jakhu

Chapter 5: Article III of the Outer Space Treaty

Author: Olivier Ribbelink

Chapter 6: Article IV of the Outer Space Treaty

Authors: Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Julia Neumann

Chapter 7: Article V of the Outer Space Treaty

Authors: Frans G. von der Dunk and Gérardine Goh

Chapter 8: Article VI of the Outer Space Treaty

Author: Michael Gerhard

Chapter 9: Article VII of the Outer Space Treaty

Author: Armel Kerrest and Lesley Jane Smith

Chapter 10: Article VIII of the Outer Space Treaty

Authors: Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd and Stephan Mick

Chapter 11: Article IX of the Outer Space Treaty

Author: Sergio Marchisio

Chapter 12: Article X of the Outer Space Treaty

Author: Anatoly Kapustin

Chapter 13: Article XI of the Outer Space Treaty

Authors: Jean-François Mayence and Thomas Reuter

Chapter 14: Article XII of the Outer Space Treaty

Author: Lesley Jane Smith

Chapter 15: Article XIII of the Outer Space Treaty

Authors: Ulrike M. Bohlmann and Gisela Süss

Chapter 16: Articles XIV – XVII of the Outer Space Treaty

Author: Gérardine Goh



Cover CoCoSL Vol. I