Outer Space Law: Legal Policy and Practice

Partner at Fenwick Elliott, Professor Nicholas Gould has written a chapter on dispute resolution in the publication Outer Space Law: Legal Policy and Practice set to be released next month. This chapter relates to satellites, space hardware and cross border issues.  International treaties are considered along with the Outer Space Arbitration Rules produced by the Permanent Court of Arbitration and based on the 2010 UNCITRAL Model Rules.

The book discusses the political relevance of outer space which continues to be recognised by nations, particularly as the strategic benefit of Earth observation from outer space remains an important national security tool. Furthermore, the distinction between the military and non-military uses of space is becoming increasingly blurred, resulting in potential conflict between nations in order to protect their space assets.

The current outer space treaties are to a large degree outdated and unable to deal with legal issues arising out of the military and commercial use of outer space, which will lead to an increase in legal issues related to outer space. This book covers the key issues relevant to the space sector, with an emphasis on the practical application of those issues.

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Fenwick Elliott’s Dictionary of Construction Terms

Fenwick Elliott’s Dictionary of Construction Terms offers clear and concise explanations of the most commonly encountered legal and technical terms, phrases and abbreviations used throughout the construction industry.

It will save you valuable time when searching for an authoritative explanation of a frequently used term. It will become a practical reference for construction lawyers, practitioners and students, as well as those in related industries including planning, property and insurance.

Why you should buy this book:

  • There is no other all-inclusive collection of legal and technical terms available at present
  • Convenient source of information for lawyers, practitioners and students
  • Includes a list of common technical acronyms (ie. DPC, DPM, FFL)
  • Lists acronyms of common institutions such as the ICE, JCT and ACE

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Understanding the new FIDIC Red Book

by Jeremy Glover and Simon Hughes with an introduction by Christopher Thomas QC

Understanding the FIDIC Red Book, the 2nd edition of which was published in January 2012, provides a clause-by-clause commentary of the FIDIC Red Book contract offering expert guidance on interpretation. Each clause is reproduced in full followed by a bullet point summary of key features plus additional commentary on the clause’s operation, including points of interest and consideration of recent case law.

The book also helps you solve problems frequently encountered in practice in relation to various clauses and compares the new contract with previous versions of the FIDIC Red Book and other widely used standard contracts. This includes an in-depth review of the Multilateral Development Bank Harmonised edition (or Pink Book) 2010 together with an explanation of how the Pink Book differs from the standard FIDIC Red Book contract.

The commentary also discusses the changes in approach introduced by FIDIC in its 2008 Gold Book for Design, Build and Operate Contracts as well as looking at some of the provisions introduced by FIDIC in its 2011 Conditions of Subcontract.

The publication has been jointly written by Jeremy Glover and Simon Hughes QC of Keating chambers. Christopher Thomas QC, also of Keating Chambers, wrote the introduction and a foreword has been provided by Mr. Justice Ramsey.

First published by Sweet and Maxwell in November 2006
ISBN 9780414044609

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Mediating Construction Disputes: An Evaluation of Existing Practice

by Nicholas Gould, Claire King and Philip Britton

"Mediating Construction Disputes: An Evaluation of Existing Practice" is the full report of the 2006-2008 research, headed up by Nicholas Gould and Claire King of Fenwick Elliott and conducted by the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at King's College London and the Technology and Construction Court. Much more has been written about the theory of mediation, and its proper place in the avoidance and resolution of disputes in construction, than about its actual use; this report combines hard detail about its practice within UK construction litigation with a summary of the existing knowledge about mediation in the common law world and about its relation to other formal and informal methods of dealing with construction disputes.

Download the report (pdf: 11MB)

Download a summary of the key points of the report (pdf: 115k)