cocosl_text.gif 11 January 2008. On 10 and 11 January ESPI hosted the first authors meeting for the Cologne Commentary on Space Law (CoCoSL). In this project, the world’s most renowned space lawyers participate.


CoCoSL is a joint project between the Institute for Air and Space Law at the University of Cologne and the German Aersopace Center DLR. The website of the project can be accessed here and the agenda of the meeting here. The goal of CoCoSL is to prepare a multi volume commentary to the UN space treaties and General Assembly Resolutions. The editors of these volumes are Stephan Hobe (Director of the Cologne Institute), Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd (Head of Legal Support in the German Space Agency) and ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl.


For this first CoCoSL authors meeting, Kai-Uwe Schrogl had invited the authors and the members of the project’s scientific advisory board of the project to meet at ESPI in Vienna. Besides the list of high-ranking contributors of articles from around the world, the meeting was also attended by two Judges from the International Court of Justice, Abdul Koroma and Vladlen Vereshchetin (retired in 2007).





Authors and members of the Scientific Advisory Board of CoCoSL 


Members of the CoCoSL Scientific Advisory Board at ESPI
From left to right: Judge Abdul Koroma (International Court of Justice), Ambassador Peter Jankowitsch (also Member of the ESPI Advisory Council), ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Retired Judge Vladlen S. Vereshchetin (International Court of Justice)

The  publication of the first volume containing the Outer Space Treaty is planned for 2009. Following this, work will start on commenting the other space treaties and the General Assembly Resolutions in a two volumes set. CoCoSL is the first global effort to provide a comprehensive commentary on space law, which will be useful for practitioners as well as decision-makers.

photo credit: ESPI  

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