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‘Laws of Spaceflight’ Helps Lawyers Tackle New Frontier of Space Laws

‘Laws of Spaceflight’ Helps Lawyers Tackle New Frontier of Space Laws

By Matthew (Matt) Stegen

CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2012 — The U.S. aerospace industry has landed in a period of transition with the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle program in 2011. As private companies prepare to take on missions once run by the government and to open space travel to the public, challenges lie ahead. The Laws of Spaceflight: A Guidebook for New Space Lawyers introduces lawyers to the statutes that govern activities in outer space and provides a basic understanding of spaceflight, the space industry and legal issues that clients may confront.

The newly published book from the American Bar Association begins by placing space law in a larger context and then focuses on discrete legal topics. In addition to providing a history of human space activities, it describes the development of international and U.S. space laws. It also discusses the issues that space lawyers commonly face, including licensing private spaceflight activities; liability and insurance for spacecraft operators; regulation of telecommunication and remote sensing satellites; export controls on space technologies; property rights; and more.

The authors of the book are Matthew J. Kleiman, Jenifer K. Lamie and Maria-Vittoria “Giugi” Carminati. Kleiman is corporate counsel at the Draper Laboratory, a research and development facility in Cambridge, Mass.; teaches space law at Boston University; and is chair of the Space Law Committee of the ABA Section of Science and Technology Law. Lamie has a master’s of law in space, cyber and telecommunications law from the University of Nebraska College of Law and is a member the U.S. Army JAG corps. Carminati is a complex commercial litigator in the Houston office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; she is a founder of the ABA Young Lawyer Division’s Air and Space Law Committee.

Title: The Laws of Spaceflight: A Guidebook for New Space Lawyers
Publisher:
ABA Section of Science and Technology Law
Pages:
408
Product Code:
5450065
ISBN:
978-1-61438-598-1
Size:
6×9
Binding:
Paperback
Price:
$149.95
Orders:
800-285-2221 or http://ambar.org/spaceflight

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Anne Geron at Anne.Geron@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tearsheets or a copy for our files to Anne Geron, American Bar Association, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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