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British Law and the International Space Station

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Successive British governments under both Labour and Conservative parties have limited UK involvement with the International Space Station (ISS). The United Kingdom is not a funding participant in the 'European Partner' to the enterprise. Notwithstanding, some British law has relevance in considering both the operation of the Station, and the results of activities on it. Given the limited nature of present UK involvement with the ISS, it seems unlikely that obligations arising out of either contract or liability will arise as a matter of British law in the foreseeable future. Article 22(1) of the Space Station Agreement provides that Partners 'may' exercise criminal jurisdiction of their nationals in or on any of the flight elements of the ISS. Two forms of intellectual property may arise from activities during the operation of the ISS; inventions for which patent protection is sought, and other material which is amenable to copyright protection.

Keywords: British law; criminal jurisdiction; intellectual property; International Space Station (ISS)



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