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GNSS & the Law


GNSS & The Law delves into the debates and developments around the new area of global satellite navigation system law.

This occasional feature by guest writers is coordinated by Ingo Baumann, co-founder and partner of BHO Legal in Cologne, Germany. His practice focuses on European high technology projects mainly in the space sector.

January/February 2018

RNSS and the ITU Radio Regulations

Radionavigation Satellite Service (RNSS) is integrated deeply in our daily life and is playing a growing role within all areas of today’s mobile society.

September/October 2017

IMO and the GNSS

The International Maritime Organization continues to oversee the world-wide radionavigation system and play a role in recognizing systems that may be developed in the future. This article addresses how the development of GNSS has enabled a leap forward in the accuracy standards required of such systems.

May/June 2017

Space Law and GNSS

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), obviously, make crucial use of satellites operating in an area commonly known as “outer space”, raising issues regarding which specific body of law might rule the operation of such satellite systems.

March/April 2017

Traceable Time from GNSS Signals

Precise time is crucial to a great variety of economic activities around the world. Here, the authors will show how the time obtained from GNSS satellite signals is related to the international time scale, UTC, and explain how GNSS receivers can be used to ensure that they are operating correctly, as reliable and traceable sources of time.

January/February 2017

State of Play in China

Bearing in mind the mature technology and the policy of free access to open signals provided by GPS, many questions arose about why China should make substantive efforts to develop its own GNSS.

November/December 2016

Legislative Situation in India Regarding Satellite Navigation

September/October 2016

Geolocation Privacy

The concept of what constitutes “a reasonable expectation of privacy” from a geolocation standpoint is evolving in the United States. This change is not taking place in a vacuum. Rather, it directly results from growing concerns shared by the public, regulators, and lawmakers about the implications of a “Big Data” society.

July/August 2016

The Emerging Legal Debate Around Japan's QZSS

A Japanese attorney specializing in space law discusses the legal context of Japan's Quasi-Zenith Satellite System

March/April 2016

GLONASS and PNT in Russia

The Russian Federation has a large body of laws, rules, and regulations dealing with positioning, navigation, and timing in general and GLONASS in particular. This column provides an overview of the associated Russian legal environment, authored by a leader of PNT regulatory framework development at the Roscosmos Central Scientific Research Institute of Machine Building.

November/December 2015

State of Play in the European Union

In this new Inside GNSS column, a legal expert explores the question: Should users of GNSS or third parties be able to claim compensation for damage suffered from reliance on malfunctioning GNSS systems?

July/August 2015

Playing by the Rules of World Trade Law

Level playing field or national “champions”? This article by two legal scholars examines the legal, economic, and political issues arising from the cross-currents caused by the requirements of international trade agreements and the inclination of nations to favor their own GNSS programs.

Jammer Dectector
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