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Space Law: The Law of Outer Space

This guide provides an introduction to researching the law that governs outer space.

International, Intergovernmental, and Non-Governmental Organizations

Websites maintained by international and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are good sources for free, credible information about space and law and policy.

International & Intergovernmental Organizations

Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Centre for Research in Air and Space Law
    The Centre is the principle research and educational outreach arm of the Institute for Air & Space Law at McGill University in Canada.  In addition to conducting interdisciplinary research on air and space law and policy, the Centre sponsors conferences, workshops, and seminars, and a series of webinars.  The Centre's publications, including its flagship journal, Annals of Air and Space Law, are available on HeinOnline.  
  • European Centre for Space Law
    Established in 1989 by the European Space Agency, the ECSL provides a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue and the exchange of ideas related to space law among legal practitioners, civil servants, scholars, and students.  It sponsors educational workshops and conferences, as well as an annual moot court competition and essay contest.
  • European Space Policy Institute
    Comprised of representatives of other IGOs, state-funded research agencies, and private industry, the ESPI provides an independent platform for developing policy options and recommendations to promote the sustainable development of the European space sector.  Visit the publications page to download the ESPI's annual Yearbook on Space Policy, as well as reports and executive briefings.
  • International Institute of Space Law
    The IISL was founded in 1960 to further the development of space law and the expansion of the rule of law in the exploration and use of outer space.  It includes both institutional members and individuals members elected on the basis of their contributions to the field of space law.  Visit the publications page to access newsletters, lectures, and committee reports.  The annual publication Proceedings of the IISL is available on HeinOnline (3-year embargo) and in print (2012-present).
  • London Institute of Space Policy and Law
    The LISPL is a non-profit think tank that conducts independent research on topics related to space law and policy, as well as research commissioned by governments and private entities.  It also sponsors a wide range of programming and events, including lectures, workshops, courses, and continuing professional development for practitioners.  Many LISPL documents and publications can be accessed through its online library's search interface.    
  • Space Policy Institute
    Established in 1987 as part of the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, the SPI conducts research, offers graduate courses, and sponsors seminars, symposia, and conferences on topics related to U.S. and international space policy.  Visit the SPI's research, publications and presentations page to access newsletters, faculty-authored articles and conference papers, papers published by visiting researchers and students, and additional content.
  • Secure World Foundation
    The SWF is private foundation established in 2002 to facilitate cooperation, at both the national and international levels, in the development of sustainable space policies and laws that govern the exploration and use of outer space.  Visit the resource library page to browse SWF publications by type and by topic.  Or browse by author name on the staff publications page and the staff publications archive.