Vanderbilt Law Review

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The volume contains 28 essays, representing only one-third of Professor Cooper's aerospace articles, but as the editor concedes,they represent areas in which his contribution was most significant.These spheres are: the history of air law; the fundamental principles of air law (notably airspace sovereignty and nationality of aircraft); and space law. In the first part, four essays serve to introduce the reader to the problems of terminology and the scope of air and space law,the economic and political basis of air power, and certain specific problems to be examined subsequently in depth. Part two, entitled "Rights In Airspace: From Antiquity To The Advent Of Aircraft," is devoted solely to the origin of the maximcujus est solum and its relevance to contemporary air law. This dis-course is evaluated by Professor Vlasic as "the most comprehensive study of the subject available and is a magisterial example of disciplined scholarship"-an accolade shared by this reviewer.