Analysis of the legal instruments operating the ISS as the most complex space program ever undertaken

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Abstract

"The International Space Station (ISS) is the most politically and operationally complex space exploration program ever undertaken" and without any doubt, the ISS program is one of the most successful multilateral projects in addition to the fact that this is the greatest accomplishment as a human space program. In considering the legal future of multilateral big projects including that of the ISS after 2020, this paper reviews the ISS program to evaluate which elements have brought a success and which elements have to be thought less than successful or even should be changed in its future operation. To evaluate the ISS/IGA and relevant instruments of international nature, this paper studies how the present ISS/IGA and relevant instruments have been developed from the historical standpoint, for the present instruments cannot be the only logical consequence: it should rather be the combination of the reality of international cooperative mechanism involving huge resources and the specific historical background. Cross-waiver of liability, rules on exchange of data and goods and intellectual property as well as the principle that each partner bears financial responsibility for its own tasks are concluded as duly established practice to operate an ISS now and in the future. However, it is pointed out that some rules including the criminal jurisdiction and registration, jurisdiction and control could be provided for in a different way depending on the partners, projects and international ramification.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication65th International Astronautical Congress 2014, IAC 2014
Subtitle of host publicationOur World Needs Space
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages10342-10348
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781634399869
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event65th International Astronautical Congress 2014: Our World Needs Space, IAC 2014 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 2014 Sep 292014 Oct 3

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume14
ISSN (Print)0074-1795

Other

Other65th International Astronautical Congress 2014: Our World Needs Space, IAC 2014
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period14/9/2914/10/3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Aoki, S. (2014). Analysis of the legal instruments operating the ISS as the most complex space program ever undertaken. In 65th International Astronautical Congress 2014, IAC 2014: Our World Needs Space (pp. 10342-10348). (Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC; Vol. 14). International Astronautical Federation, IAF.