By Sylvia Ospina,
About a year ago, I happened to get a quick glimpse of this book by two eminent space law scholars, Francis Lyall and Paul Larsen. Both are graduates of the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University and have years of experience in this field.
The authors’ stated purpose in writing this book is to provide a reference book, a research tool; as such, it should belong in the library of persons or institutions involved in space activities, particularly those who would benefit from knowing that space law is a growing and dynamic field that needs to be taken into account when planning any and all space activities. Thus, even though this review appears two years after the book’s publication, the book itself remains timely.
Space Law: A Treatise is a well-written book, with humorous touches every now and then, which makes reading the thousands of references and footnotes easier. By and large, the authors focus on developments in industrialized countries, with few references to space activities in Asia, Latin America, or Africa. While they acknowledge that their lack of linguistic skills has limited their access to some literature, much has been written in English on space law and activities in these regions. These omissions could hamper the usefulness of the treatise to practitioners who are interested in space activities and the development of space law and policy in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Sylvia Ospina, Book Review, 76 J. Air L. & Com. 501 (2011)