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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which presents a critical legal analysis of the institutional dispute settlement mechanisms in international space law available at the international and transnational level. In the intervening century, Einstein’s world of science and Hammarskjöld’s world of international relations and law have resulted in a new subject of international discussion: the Settlement of Disputes relating to Outer Space. International space law itself is one of the youngest fields of international law, and effort has mainly been focused on the substantive part as opposed to the procedural part of the law. Space law, however, is maturing with space business, science and technology. Clearly, the development of procedures to settle disputes and ensure compliance with legal obligations and standards is becoming increasingly urgent. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has become popular in many domestic jurisdictions. The multi-door courthouse concept grew out of the ADR movement.

Keywords: alternative dispute resolution (ADR) movement; institutional dispute settlement mechanisms; international space law; multi-door courthouse concept



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