About NPOC

The NPOC Austria aims at the promotion and development of space law in Austria.
Its two main objectives are:

  • to enhance space law in research and teaching and to encourage students to study space law and to take part in space law-related events.
    More information about the NPOC’s activities in the areas of research and teaching can be found under Teaching and Publications.
  • to increase public awareness of space law in general and to promote space law in the media.
    In order to raise public awareness the NPOC publishes an annual Space Law Newsletter and regularly organises public events and conferences.

Since the framework of space activities needs to reflect not only the legal but also the technical and political perspectives, the NPOC pursues an interdisciplinary approach.

The NPOC Austria is coordinated by Prof Irmgard Marboe at the Department of European, International and Comparative Law of the University of Vienna and is supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK).

The NPOC was set up at the law faculty of the University of Vienna in November 2008. Between 2001 and 2008, it was situated at the University of Graz under the coordination of Prof Christian Brünner.