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PhD defence

Civil Liability for Damage caused by Global Navigation Satellite System

Monday 17 December 2018
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden


  • Prof. P.M.J. Mendes de Leon


PhD defences are free; you do not have to register.


Should GNSS cause damage to its users or any third parties, who shall be responsible or liable, and how? Is it fair enough to force a GNSS provider to bear the burden of compensation given GNSS open signals are provided free of charge to an undetermined scope? Could a GNSS provider release its civil liability by the doctrine of Sovereign Immunity if that provider is a public authority? This research is designed to explore whether current international laws are adequate to deal with those questions. If so, how those international laws apply? If not, where is the legal gap, and how should we move forward?

This research is composed of four parts. Part I transfers the focus gradually from GNSS technical matters to legal issues, and then to civil liability in particular. Part II concerns a conceptual analysis of GNSS civil liability, serving as a basis for any further study. Part III checks the applicability and the adequacy of current international air and space laws to the case where GNSS cause damage. Part IV tries to find a roadmap to move forward for the issue of GNSS civil liability in a feasible way.

PhD dissertations

PhD dissertations by Leiden PhD students are available digitally after the defence through the Leiden Repository, that offers free access to these PhD dissertations. Please note that in some cases a dissertation may be under embargo temporarily and access to its full-text version will only be granted later.

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