10 Chinese Civil Code – The General Part Yuanshi Bu Hardback 264 pp., 2019 € 170.00 ISBN 978-3-406-71478-8 Yuanshi Bu is Professor of Law (Chair for East Asian Business Law) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. In modern times, the codification of the entire civil law has become a rare phenomenon. Nevertheless, the Chinese lawmaker has decided to create the first Civil Code in the history of PRC and set out an ambitious timeline to achieve this goal. In the process of construction, the future Chinese Civil Code will principally follow the Pandectist System and, in particular, contain a General Part. On 15th March 2017, the General Part was enacted, as scheduled, in the form of a single statute for the time being. By 2020, the other books covering the law of personality, obligations, property law, family and estate law, should be codified as well. These books, together with the General Part, will form the future Civil Code. The purpose of this book is to provide a concise and indepth practical guide to this new statute, namely the General Rules of Civil Law (GRCL). To this end, it seeks to deliver a general picture of the GRCL and to explore the important provisions in more detail. In addition, it strives to provide answers to the question of which laws apply in the case of conflict between the GRCL and other statutes. What is also equally important is to provide the readers with information about the origin of legal concepts in the GRCL and the process in which Chinese lawmakers decided to adopt or reject certain foreign legal concepts.
11 Space Law A Handbook Stephan Hobe Hardback 266 pp, 2019 € 180.00 ISBN 978-3-406-69537-7 Dr Stephan Hobe is a professor of public and international law at the University of Cologne and director of the Institute of Air and Space Law. Whether space tourism, satellite applications or space resources utilization: human activities in space are steadily increasing on the basis of technological progress and increasing commercialization; not to mention military interests. The new book “Space Law” by Stephan Hobe stands out through an in-depth and in the same time concise approach to all relevant legal aspects of space activities. After the basic astrophysical background of space exploration is given and the history of space travel is outlined, the legal concepts are examined in detail with reference to the most important space applications. In addition to international space law, the elements of national space legislation are described and examined. In 13 chapters, the book gives a profound overview of the past, the present and the future of space law and analyses issues of growing importance such as space transportation, space debris mitigation and remediation, space traffic management, the expansion of humanity on other space bodies as well as NewSpace and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. In addition, the reader will find the five UN space treaties annexed. Numerous graphics, illustrations and short summaries for each chapter facilitate a quick orientation and make the book an ideal companion for students and doctoral students as well as for practitioners.