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John Cobb Cooper, Jr. (18.9.1887 – 22.7.1967)

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John Cobb Cooper, founder and the first director of the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, was an exceptionally visionary educationalist whose immense intellectual contribution to the development of air and space law makes him undoubtedly the world's leading pioneer in this field. This chapter highlights a few of his key contributions mainly in the area of space law. In order to provide some background, the chapter starts with a brief introduction to Cooper's personal life and his relevant professional activities in the field of air and space law including his own formulation of certain basic concepts relating to sovereignty and flight. Cooper's postulation of the fundamental legal principle of freedom in outer space was based on several historical, legal, and technical and scientific considerations.

Keywords: John Cobb Cooper; McGill University; Montreal; outer space; space law

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