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Fall 2021
5216 Space Law - BRESNIK- 27770

Professor(s): Rebecca Bresnik (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: International Law 

Time: 5:30p-7:30p  M  Location: 209  BLB

Course Outline: If UH mandates during this term that alternate delivery of courses is required, as occurred during Spring of 2020, please note that this course may be delivered via distance education and/or primarily electronic interaction.

The major objectives are to provide a basic understanding of the legal regime governing outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies. In providing this basic understanding the course would start with an analysis of the development of space law and fundamental legal principles applicable to outer space, to also include the International Space Station and its legal structure. After providing a basic understanding, the course will then concentrate on recent developments and more specific topics in space law which include property rights and claim of sovereignty over outer space and celestial bodies, Outer Space Treaty requirement that are applicability to new proposed activities in space, commercialization and privatization of low earth orbit, orbital debris legal issues and governance, intellectual property and export control laws as applicable to space activities. The course will also cover the very recent developments at a national level by examining recent U.S. developments in the areas of space law and policy.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: DistanceEd  The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

Quota= 30.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/13 4pm-6pm  144 TU2    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials (4/9/2021 9:24:10 AM)

Special Case

Required Text: Francis Lyall and Paul B. Larsen, Space Law: A Treatise (2nd ed. 2017) (publisher: Routledge)

The Book can be bought at the two follow websites and it is offered in hardcover or e-Copy.



Documents will be assigned from sources other than the casebook. These documents will be provided via links in the class assignment table below or via email. Paper copies of these documents will not be provided in class, so students should plan to print them or review them electronically. The casebook will be a primary source of reading, however, the class will not cover the complete book.