Volume II

Volume II of CoCoSL discusses the four other United Nations Treaties on outer space. These are:

  • The Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space (Rescue Agreement)
    Authors: Irmgard Marboe, Julia Neumann and Kai-Uwe Schrogl

  • The Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects (Liability Convention)
    Authors: Lesley Jane Smith, Armel Kerrest and Fabio Tronchetti

  • The Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space (Registration Convention)
    Authors: Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd, Ulrike M. Bohlmann, Nataliya Malysheva, Olga Stelmakh and Leslie I. Tennen

  • The Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (Moon Agreement)
    Authors: Stephan Hobe, Steven Freeland, Ram Jakhu, Fabio Tronchetti
    and Peter Stubbe

The Rescue Agreement was adopted by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 2345 (XXII). It was opened for signature on 22 April 1968, entering into force on 03 December 1968. As at  January 2013 it has received 92 ratifications, 24 signatures and 2 acceptances of rights and obligations.
 

The Liability Convention opened for signature on 29 March 1972, after it was adopted by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 2777 (XXVI). After its opening for signature on 29 March 1972, it has received 89 ratifications, 22 signatures, and 3 acceptances of rights and obligations as at January 2013. The Liability Convention entered into force on 1 September 1972.
 

The Registration Convention has as at January 2013 received 59 ratifications, 4 signatures, and 2 acceptances of rights and obligations. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 3235 (XXIX) and opened for signature on 14 January 1975. The date of its entry into force is 15 September 1976.
 

The Moon Agreement entered into force on 11 July 1984, after being adopted by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 34/68 and being opened for signature on 18 December 1979. As at January 2013, it has received 15 ratifications and 4 signatures.
 

CoCoSL Volume II comprises 4 main parts, each dedicated to one UN Treaty. Each part contains a provision-by-provision analysis of the particular Treaty. The interrelationship between these documents and the Outer Space Treaty is clearly analyzed and interpreted throughout the Commentary. Work on Volume II started in mid-2009 and it was presented on the occasion of the 52nd Session of the Legal Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in April 2013. The German Permanent Representative, Ambassador Konrad Max Scharinger, presented the second volume as a further German contribution under the item of 'capacity building in space law'.


Cover CoCoSL Vol. II