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Space law & policy: case studies


Each year two specific topics will be studied in depth and from various angles (legal, political, but also economic and technological). Several guest lecturers from various disciplines and involved with the subject will be invited, so that a global understanding can be obtained. The course will be conducted in the form of a case study and active participation from the students in the extensive discussions is required. Assessment is based on class participation. Examples of topics are: telecommunications, the International Space Station, space tourism, Galileo, etc.


International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL)
Law School, Leiden University
Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, Netherlands
Postal address: P.O. Box 9520, 2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands
Phone : +31 71 527 8081

Website: www.iiasl.aero
Contact: airandspace@law.leidenuniv.nl

Methods of instruction

This course consists of two full days of intensive exchanges between lecturers and students, usually also including an excursion (for instance to ESA/Estec).Students, working in teams, are actively encouraged to reflect critically on the theoretical and practical issues presented. They can also be asked to carry out advance research on certain questions, and present the result of their reflections on the day itself.

Course materials



No examination, but mandatory attendance and class participation, and prior research and preparation, working in teams.

Course requirements

Master degree in law