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Air and Space Law: IALS Library Guides

An introduction to the Library's holdings on air and space law

Air and space law

Guide last updated by Katherine Read, August 2023

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This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on air and space law. Please consult the Library Catalogue for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.

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Introduction to the Library Catalogue

This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on air and space law. To find additional resources you will need to search the Library Catalogue, which covers the complete holdings of the Library. It is possible to search for books, journals and series of law reports by author, title or keyword. Please note it is not possible to search for individual chapters, journal articles or legislation (e.g. individual Acts or SIs).

IALS Library is mainly open access and readers are able to browse the shelves in the main collection. There are two main exceptions to this:

  • Older items (marked RES or Depository on the catalogue record) are kept in the closed basement.
  • Key texts for LLM students are often kept in the Short Loan collection.

Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk.

For more information on understanding the catalogue record and further guidance on the location of materials please refer to our guide Classmarks and the Location of Resources in the Library.


The Library classifies textbooks either by jurisdiction (GO13, GA2 etc.) or according to subject area, examples of which include Comparative Law (SB), Public International Law (SG) and Private International Law/ Conflict of Laws (SH).

All classmark sections have a FOL section for oversize volumes, which is located on the same floor of the Library.

When you are searching the Library Catalogue for books, please note that only the current edition is held on the open shelves or in the Short Loan collection. IALS has a rich collection of previous editions held in the closed basement and these will display a Depository number on the catalogue. Please request previous editions from the Library Enquiry Desk.

International air and space law material is shelved at SG90.

The following list represents a selection of textbooks on air and space law. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location:  Titles marked as e-books may also be available in print. Access from home requires your IALS library barcode and your  family name.  E books with 'open access' status on the catalogue are available to all users of this guide. 

Benkö, M. Space law: reconsidering the definition/delimitation question and the passage of spacecraft through foreign airspace. 2013

Blount, P. & Hofmann, M.  Space law in a networked world Brill Nijhoff  2023

Byers, M. Who owns outer space? : international law, astrophysics and the sustainable development of space. CUP 2023 (open access) 

Diederiks-Verschoor, I. Introduction to space law. 3rd rev. ed. 2008

Diederiks-Verschoor, I. Introduction to air law. 9th rev. ed. 2012

Dunk, F.G.  Von der & Brus, M.M.T.A. The international space station: commercial utilisation from a European legal perspective. 2006

Dunk, F.G. Von der & Tronchetti, F. Handbook of space law 2015  Elgar  (e-book)

Dunk, F.G. Von der. International space law  2018

Dunk, F. G Von der   Advanced introduction to space law  2020 

Failat, Y. & Ferrera-Snyman, A. Outer space law: legal policy and practice 2022 

Giemulla, E. & Weber, L. International and EU aviation law. Selected issues. 2011

Goh, G. Dispute settlement in international space law : a multi-door courthouse for outer space. 2007 Brill  (e-book)

Haanappel, P. Law and policy of air space and outer space: a comparative approach. 2003

Havel, B. The principles and practice of international aviation law  2014

Hobe, S et al. Cologne commentary on space law 3 vols. 2009-2015

Hobe, S.  Space law  2nd ed.  Beck 2023

Hodgkinson, D. & Johnston, R. Aviation law and drones: Unmanned aircraft and the future of aviation 2018

Jakhu, Ram S. National regulation of space activities. 2010

Krause, Charles, F. Aviation tort and regulatory law. 2nd ed. 2023

Larsen, P. Aviation law: cases, laws and related sources. 2nd ed. 2012

Lyall, F. & Larsen, P. Space law: a treatise. 2nd ed.  2018

McGill, al. Sustainable Development, International Aviation, and Treaty Implementation. 2018 Cambridge (e-book)

Oduntan, G. Sovereignty and jurisdiction in the airspace and outer space. 2012

Ronzitti, N. & Venturini, G. Law of air warfare : contemporary issues. 2006

Shawcross, C. & Beaumont. Air law. 4th ed. 1977-

Steer, C. & Hersch, M. War and Peace in Outer Space: Law, Policy, and Ethics. 2020 Oxford Academic (e-book)

Tompkins, G. Liability rules applicable to international air transportation as developed by the courts in the United States. 2010

Zannoni, D. Disaster management and international space law  2019 Brill (e-book)


IALS Library holds a selection of current serial titles on air and space law from many different jurisdictions. These are located on all floors of the Library. Some titles are only in printed volumes while others or available in both formats. For more detailed help, please refer to the guide on Finding journal articles. The following titles focus particularly on Air and Space  law but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals.

Air and space law

Annals of air and space law

Colloquium on the law of outer space. Proceedings

Journal of air law and commerce (open access journal)

Journal of space law

Revue française de droit aérien et spatial

Legislation and law reports

If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning air and space law issues in specific countries you will need to consult the legislation or law reports for that jurisdiction.

Consult the  Library Catalogue to find the general classmark for the country you require. Consult consolidations of legislation, digests or indexes to trace particular acts or cases.

Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find UK, US, EU or international decisions. For further information please refer to  Law Databases or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.

You may also find it useful to refer to our guides on finding Legislation and Cases or check to see if we have a Jurisdiction Research Guide for the country you are interested in.

Free internet sources

Eagle-i is an internet portal maintained and updated by IALS library staff. It allows you to search for quality web resources on air and space law.

The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on air and space law.

Air Transport Portal of the European Commission

Civil Aviation Authority

European Space Policy Institute

International Civil Aviation Organization

International Institute of Air and Space Law 

London Institute of Space Policy and Law

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs