The Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation: USC Title 51 – The Codification of the US National and Commercial Space Law

June 7, 2011 at 7:42 am | Posted in Blogcast, Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with th blog faculty

The next presentation was given by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz and Robert Sukol, Senior Counsel, Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives.

This presentation was focused on the codification of U.S. Space Law into Title 51 of the United States Code. Sukol was responsible for this codification. He discussed the process of codification. He stated that the codification process was unconcerned with policy issues in the statutes, and that it was instead concerned with organizing federal statutes in a coherent manner. He stated that the US Code is the official codification of federal statutes. He gave a brief historical discussion. He said the codification process began in the 1920s, but that federal space law began in 1958. The result was that these new space statutes found their way into various parts of the code with the bulk going into Title 42: Public Health and Welfare. He stated that there was not organization. To remedy this a new “positive law” code was enacted. A “positive law” code is one that is a federal statute itself. Essentially, he stated that the codification is a reorganization of the law and does not change the law.

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