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Disciplinary and Criminal Law in Space

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Disciplinary law and criminal law are classic instruments to influence human behaviour. This chapter gives a survey of the disciplinary matters on board the International Space Station (ISS), including the competences of the commander, and of criminal law jurisdiction. It briefly deals with the question what the ISS commander should do when confronted with a disciplinary or criminal offence onboard the station. The Crew Code of Conduct (CCOC) clearly covers a field much broader than disciplinary regulations in the narrow sense. The CCOC presents substantive legal norms, or, in the wording of the Introduction, it "sets forth the standards of conduct applicable to all ISS Crew Members during pre-flight, on-orbit and post-flight activities. The CCOC consists of 6 sections, and general standards which define in general terms the responsibilities of ISS crew members, and present some general rules of conduct.

Keywords: Crew Code of Conduct (CCOC); crew members; criminal law; criminal law jurisdiction; criminal offence; disciplinary law; International Space Station (ISS)



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