Space Law Articles, Books and Other Publications




Legal Books and Contributions to Legal Volumes

Use of Commercial Satellite-based Imagery and Information in International Law, in Jasani, B upcoming report of conference Commercialisation of Space:  Opportunities and Challenges, King’s College London, 24-25 January 2013.  Conference organized by Dhawan Chair in Space Policy, Department of War Studies, KCL, in collaboration with the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University and the London Institute of Space Policy and Law, ISPL.

International Law and EU Law, in Earth Observation Evidence and the Law, Brill 2012, Ed. Ray Purdy

Regulation of Space Activities in the United Kingdom, in National Regulation of Space Activities, Ed. Professor Ram S Jakhu, Springer Science + Business Media BV, 2010  Winner of the 2011 Social Sciences Book Award of the International Academy of Astronautics

Development of the Regime for the Low Earth Orbit and the Geostationary Orbit, in  Outlook on Space Law in the Next Thirty Years, Kluwer International, 1997

European Community Telecommunications Regulation, Graham & Trotman, 1993, ISBN 1-85333-756-0

Broadcasting in the 1990’s, S Mosteshar & Ian Walden, Blackwells, 1991

International Telecommunciations, in Encyclopaedia of Information Technology, Sweet & Maxwell, 1990, ISBN 0-421-37210-9

International Liability,  in EDI and the Law, Blenheim Online, 1989

Satellite Communications , Oyez Longman, Longman, 1986. ISBN 0-85121-240-9

European Community Telecommunications Regulation, Graham & Trotman, a Kluwer Company, 1993

Research and Invention in Outer Space – Liability and Intellectual Property Rights, Editor and Contributor, Martinus Nijhoff and IBA, 1995,
ISBN 0-7923-2982-1

Liability Issues of Electronic Data Interchange, EDI and the Law, Blenheim Online, 1989, ISBN 0-86353-170-9

Satellite and Cable Television – International Protection, Oyez Longman, 1984, 2nd ed. 1986, ISBN 0-85121-204-2

Company Taxation, Volume 1, CCH British Tax Reporter, Looseleaf, 1983-



Evidence from Space, 2010 – 2012, Research Leader, Contributor and Report Author, Report Commissioned by the European Space Agency

Conditions of Access to Earth Observation Data: Legal Aspects, United Kingdom and Irish Republic Chapters, Report commissioned by the European Commission, presented in March 1993,  published by European Centre for Space Law, April 1993


Articles & Commentary

Numerous reviews of books on telecommunications, the internet, intellectual property, contracts, international trade, space law and policy and other topics for various journals.  Also: 

Space Situational Awareness: Need, Solutions and Some Consequences, ZLW German Journal of Air and Space Law, 2013

Space Security Seminar at the London Institute of Space Policy and Law (ISPL) Dr Andrew Brearley, Valentino Quaggiato, S Mosteshar, in Space Policy, Volume 29, Issue 4, November 2013, 272-273.

Legal Issues Concerning Low Earth Orbit Satellites, California International Law Journal Vol 12, No1 2002-2003

Do Disclaimers on the Web Protect You? Digital Multimedia Association Newsletter, February 1998

The Internet and Global Implications: Laws Governing the Internet,California Bar Journal, September 1998

TRW Satellite Constellation Claim, Internet Patent News Service, December 1995; Telecommunications & Space Journal, Volume 4, 1997

What is Fair in Multimedia, Digital Multimedia Association Newsletter, 12 April 1996

Whose Work is it Anyway, Digital Multimedia Association Newsletter, 14 December 1995

Surprises in Store: Future Mandatory Rental Rights, International Business Lawyer, January 1994

Future Mandatory Rental Rights, World Intellectual Property Report, December 1993

Legal Issues Concerning Low Earth Orbit Communications Satellites, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Annual, 1993

Success in Actions Against Software Piracy, World Intellectual Property Report, 1992

Regulation of Satellite Communications in the EEC, American Bar Association, International Communications Committee Monograms,  May 1991

Regulating the Regulators, Business Magazine, July 1991

BBC Enterprises v Hi-Tech Xtravision, The Independent, July 1991

Satellite Transponder Contracts: The State of the Art, Federal Communications Bar Association, International Communications Practice Handbook 1991

Responsibility for Pure Economic Loss Arising from Space Activity, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Colloquium on The Laws of Outer Space, 1991

Does the UK Lead in Telecommunications Liberalisation? Business Week, June 1990

Cable and Broadcast Copyrights: Some European Alternatives, Communications & Law, April 1989

Do Disclaimers on the Web Protect You? Digital Multimedia Association Newsletter, February 1998

Laws Governing the Internet, California Bar Journal, August 1998

Copyright in TV Broadcasts, American Bar Association, European Law Bulletin, April 1988

Media Without Frontiers: A Global Phenomenon, International Advertising Association, June 1988

Liberalisation of Direct-to-Home Satellite Television, Media Climate, No. 12, September 1988

Intelsat/Eutelsat: Avoiding Economic Harm, International Media Law, No. 11, November 1986, p.78

Doing Business in Outer Space, International Business Lawyer, January 1985, p.29

The Pressing Case for a Legal Framework, Financial Times, Wednesday July 17, 1985

SMATV Systems on Hotels, New Law Journal, October 1985, Vol. 135, p.1004

The International Telecommunications Union and Satellite Communications, International Media Law, 1985

Furniss v Dawson: the American Context, The Company Lawyer, Vol. 5, No. 5, 1984, p.240

Advertising and the New Technologies, Screen Digest, July 1984

Tax Planning is Alive and Kicking – After Furniss v Dawson, Accountancy, October 1984, p. 94

Home Piracy – Who is Liable in Copyright? European Intellectual Property Review, 1984 EIRP p.189

The Future of Television in Europe, International Business Lawyer, September 1984, p.357

International Copyright Conventions, International Media Law, November 1984

Company Law : Derivative Actions – A New Approach, New Law Journal, November 11, 1983, p.992

Exclusive Licences in the EEC: The Maze Seed Case, Law Society Gazette, 44 (1983) 3095



Please enquire for information about previous university courses taught.

Please also see the London Institute of Space Policy and Law for information on their courses and seminars run and taught by Sa’id.



Partial List of Conference Presentations, many of which have been published.

The Legal Framework and Its Impact, Seminar in the 2030 Series: The Final Frontier: the Future of Space Governance, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Sponsored by RUSI, London, 4 December 2013.

Legal Issues Critical to SSA, Space Situational Awareness 2013 Conference, London, 13-14 November 2013.

Managing conflict:
The laws and regulations of commercial participation in space, International Space Commerce 2013 Summit, London, 29 – 30 October 2013.

Developments in the United Kingdom, Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation, Manfred Lachs Conference, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, Montreal, 24 – 25 May 2013.

Technical and Legal Aspects of Space Debris: Legal Responsibility and Questions Associated with Small Satellites and SSA,  17th International Space Conference – The Impact of Space Weather and Space Exploitation on Modern Society: Hazards’ Forecasting, Prevention, Mitigation and Insurance at International Level. Rome, May 2013.

Space Launch Without a Policy, Global Space and Satellite Forum, Abu Dhabi, 7-8 May 2013.

Legal, Regulatory and Strategic Issues related to Space Debris Remediation and On-Orbit Servicing, Panel Discussion chaired by Ram Jakhu, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, Montreal, 2013.

Space Policy and Regulation in The UK and Europe, Keio University Symposium,
Tokyo, 6 March 2013

Space Debris Remediation, 28 February 2013, London, Royal College of Defence Studies, and participant in panel discussion, Policy Challenges in Outer Space Regulation.

A Brief Survey Of Space Policy And Law Topics, UKSEDS National Student Space Conference, Bristol, 23 February 2013.

Legality of the Use of Commercial Satellite-based Imagery in International Law, Including a Brief Discussion of the Spratly Islands Dispute, Commercialisation Of Space:  Opportunities and Challenges, Conference at King’s College London, 24-25 January 2013.  Conference organized by Dhawan Chair in Space Policy, Department of War Studies, KCL, in collaboration with the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University and the London Institute of Space Policy and Law, ISPL.  Publication pending.

Space Derived Data and Information: Legal and Diplomatic Applications of EO Information, Chairman.  Side Session Seminar with European Space Solutions, 4 December 2012.  Session Sponsored by ESA and Astrium.

Legal and Diplomatic Reliance on Space Services,  Space and National Security Conference 2012, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London, 2 October 2012.

Risks Associated with Space Activity, The Inside Government Future of Britain’s Space Economy Forum, London, 26 September 2012.

Evidence from Space, Workshop II and Final Presentation, ESA Project on Satellite-Derived Evidence, London, 11 July 2012.

Legal, Regulatory and Strategic Issues related to Space Debris Remediation and On-Orbit Servicing, Panel Discussion chaired by Ram Jakhu, International Interdisciplinary Congress on Space Debris Mitigation Conference, 11 – 12 November 2011, McGill University, Montreal.  Organized by The Institute of Air and Space Law, The Cologne University Institute of Air and Space Law, The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety.  Sponsored by the Erin J C Arsenault Trust Fund and the Canadian Space Agency.

The Establishment of the UK Space Agency, 56th ESPI Autumn Conference, Vienna, 14 – 15 September 2011.

Evidence from Space, Workshop I for the ESA Project on Satellite-Derived Evidence.

A New Space Age for Britain: The Future of Britain’s Space Economy forum, Chair, Inside Government, London, 23 September 2010.

Current Legal Issues for Satellite Earth observation, Panel Moderator.  Treaty Monitoring and Law Enforcement through Satellite  Earth Observation, ISPRS/ESPI/IAA/IISL Conference, Vienna, 8-9 April 2010.

Militarisation of Space and Space Law for the Practitioner, IISL Conference, Glasgow, 29 September – 3 October 2008.

EU Space Policy and ITU Rules in the Light of Space Policy, ECSL Summer School, Genoa, 6 – 12 September 2008.

Intellectual Property in Outer Space and US Policy in Space Weapons, ECSL Summer School, Noordwijk, 9 – 11 September 2007.

Outer Space: A New Academic Frontier, Oxford Brookes University, School Of Social Sciences and Law, Centre for Legal Research and Policy Studies, 6 March 2003.

Laws and Policies for Telecommunications, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Workshop on Capacity Building in Space Law, United Nations and International Institute of Air and Space Law, The Hague, Netherlands, 18-21 November 2002

Presentation in New York as CEO of Tachyon, January 2001.

The Competitive Implications of Intellectual Property in the Cyber-world, Moderator and Contributor, Competition Policy for the Cyber-World, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University Business School and AT&T, New York, 18-19 November 1999.

Mexico – Gateway to Latin America: Opportunities for US Investors in Mexican Telecommunications Market, Chairman and Contributor, Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, Long Beach, 3 October 1999.

Consequences of Privatization of International Satellite Organizations, Moderator and Contributor, Report to Unispace III, Vienna, 20-24 July 1999.

Space and Satellite Market Regulation, Chairman and moderator,  AiC Space and Satellite Finance Conference, London, 26-27 January 1999.

Legal Issues in Broadband Satellite Systems, International Bar Association, Annual Conference, Vancouver, 16 September 1998.

The Internet: Intellectual Property Issues, Chairman and moderator, Protection of Intellectual Property in the Asia Pacific Region, 3rd LawAsia IP Conference & 10th Annual California International Law Weekend, San Francisco, 31 July 1998.

Recent Developments in Satellite Licensing at the International Level, Including GMPCS & WRC-97, International Bar Association, Annual Conference  New Delhi, 4 November 1997.

Space and Satellite Market Regulation and Liberalization, Chairman and moderator,  AiC Space and Satellite Finance Conference, London, 28-29 January 1997.

Internet Regulation: Some Legal Aspects, San Diego Software Industry Council, Internet Special Interest Group,  San Diego, 5 March 1996.

Regulatory and Geopolitical Obstacles Affecting the Success of Satellite Projects, Chairman and moderator of discussion,  AiC Space and Satellite Finance Conference, London, 30-31 January 1996.

Intellectual Property Issues in Space Activities, European Centre for Space Law Second Practitioners’ Forum, Paris, 10 November 1993.

Some Issues Arising from Space Regulation and the Allocation of Orbital Slots, London Space Insurance Conference, 28-29 September 1993.

Legal Issues Concerning Low Earth Orbit Communication Satellites,Presentation to Legal Subcommittee of United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, United Nations, New York, 31 March 1993.

Satellite Telecommunications, European Centre for Space Law First Practitioners’ Forum, Paris, 18 November 1992.

Telecommunications in a Changing Environment, Forum CPRM, Lisbon, 24-25 January 1992.

Satellite Communications Policy of the European Community, 4th Annual Space Conference, Washington DC, 10 January 1991.

Intellectual Property Rights in Results of Research in Outer Space   and    International Liability for Space Activity, Chairman,  International Chamber of Commerce, European Space Agency and the International Bar Association joint conference, Paris, 14 December 1990.

Issues Arising in Determining the Legal Regime Applicable to Intellectual Property Rights in Outer Space, Co-Chair, Research and Invention in Outer Space and their Commercial Exploitation, Institute of International Business Law and Practice of the International Chamber of Commerce, International Bar Association, European Space Agency joint conference,  Paris, 6-7 December 1990.

International Data Communication by Satellite, Chaired and led discussion,  International Bar Association, New York, 21 September 1990.

Trends and Developments in European Liberalisation of Telecommunications, Financial Times World Telecommunications Conferences, London, 11 July 1990.

Developments in European Regulation of Satellite and Cable Television, Satellite and Cable Conference, London, 9 April 1990.

An Introduction to Space Law, Conference: Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, Imperial College, London, 31 January 1990.

Regulation of Satellite Services, The Business of Broadcasting, IBC Conference, London, 1989.

Deregulation in Europe, Telecommunications and the European Business Market, Financial Times Conference,  London, 10-11 July 1989.

International Networks, International Networks and Transborder Data Flows, IBC, London, 4 July 1989.

Satellite Communication, 1988 Telecommunications Law Symposium, IBC, London, 5 December 1988. 

Transponder Contracts – The State of the Art, Which Transponder ’88, Johannesson & Associates, Luxembourg, 23 September 1988.

Data Transmission Case Study, Chairman, Eurosatellite 88,  IBC, London, 24-25 May 1988.

Introduction to European Rules on Approval of Computing Devices, Meeting of Section on International Law and Practice, American Bar Association,  San Diego, 27 October 1988.

Media Without Frontiers: A Global Phenomenon, International Bar Association, International Institute of Communications, Global Media Commission of the International Advertising Association joint symposium New York, 20 May 1987.

The Changing Regulatory Environment  and Copyright Issues, Eurosatellite 87, IBC, London, 11-12 May 1987.

Using a Satellite, Longman Cable and Satellite Seminar, London, 10 March 1987.

Satellite Programming: Copyright Issues, Satellite Communications and Broadcasting, Online Conference, London,  2-4 December 1986.

Contractual Concerns, A New Licensing Regime: The VADS/BSGL Licenses and Other Regulatory Concerns, IBC, London, 1986.

Cable and Satellite, Copyright and Performers’ Protection: The White Paper Proposals, Longman Seminar, London, 26 September 1986.

Alternative Launch Vehicles, International Bar Association, New York, September 1986.

Copyright as a Barrier to Pan European Television and the Proposed EEC Directive Aimed at its Removal, Television in the EEC, London, 2-3 July 1986.

Copyright Issues Affecting Information Coming From or Through Outer Space, Business in Space: Legal and Commercial Issues, International Bar Association and Institute of International Business Law and Practice of the ICC,  Paris, 5-6 December 1985.

International Regulations and Legal Issues, Space: Commercial Benefits for Industries World-wide, Financial Times Conference, London, 18-19 November, 1985.

Copyright New Technologies and New Opportunities,  Longman Conference, London, 4-5 January 1985.

Doing Business in Space, International Bar Association, Vienna, 2-7 September 1984.



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Goddard’s Tow Truck
Robert H. Goddard was a theoretical scientist, as well as a practical engineer. His dream was the conquest of the upper atmosphere and ultimately space by using rocket propulsion. His work attracted little serious attention during his lifetime.

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