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Space Insurance and the Law
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Space Insurance and the Law

Maximizing Private Activities in Outer Space

9781839105852 Edward Elgar Publishing
Andrea J. Harrington, Dean of Space Education (Interim), Associate Professor of Military and Security Studies, Air University, US
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 585 2 Extent: 256 pp
This astute and comprehensive book provides in-depth analysis of the space sector with an ‘insurance as governance’ approach. Chapters highlight and examine the key aspects of this important subject including space tourism, risk mitigation and insurance requirements. The author also gives a fresh and contemporary insight into topics such as the influences of international space law, international air law and US domestic space law.

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This astute and comprehensive book provides in-depth analysis of the space sector with an ‘insurance as governance’ approach. Chapters highlight and examine the key aspects of this important subject including space tourism, risk mitigation and insurance requirements.

Considering the role of space insurers working across national boundaries, this book addresses the ability of insurers to fill an existing regulatory void and describes the actions they can take to improve their capability to execute that governance function. The author also gives a fresh and contemporary insight into topics such as the influences of international space law, international air law and US domestic space law.

Insightful and discerning, Space Insurance and the Law is ideal for space insurance professionals and those with an interest in space entrepreneurship, international space law and the commercial space industry.

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‘Dr. Harrington has assembled a thorough treatise on space law and insurance, with exceptional detail on the foundations of risk management. Her analysis of insurance as governance, particularly with respect to treaty compliance and national sovereignty explores the details of insurance contracts and their benefits and limitations. Finally, her bibliography and footnotes provide a remarkable resource for students and practitioners alike.’
– Chris Kunstadter, Global Head of Space, AXA XL, United States

‘Legal certainty is imperative for smooth and conflict-free operations, both political and commercial. The lack or tardiness of government space regulations should be filled by alternative modes of global space governance. One of such means is “insurance as governance” as innovatively conceived and brilliantly explained by Andrea Harrington in her book on Space Insurance and the Law. This book, the first of its kind, is an impressive and pioneer work of practical value and academic knowledge and is indispensable for all in the space industry, governments and academia.’
– Ram Jakhu, McGill University, Canada
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction to Space Insurance and the Law 2. Insurance as governance in space 3. The state of space insurance 4. International space law as the context for space insurance 5. Air or space? Insurance and the delimitation issue 6. Air law, aviation insurance, and their relevance to space activities 7. Space business and insurance issues in the United States 8. Considerations for new industry groups 9. Governing insurance policies through interpretation 10. Possible innovations for space insurance: mitigating space debris, expanding space domain awareness, and leveraging other forms of insurance 11. Final thoughts Bibliography Index
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