ECSL Events 2017

The following events will be organised by the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) for students and young professionals in 2017:

Practitioners’ Forum on “Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Mega-Constellations” (17 March 2017): http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ECSL_European_Centre_for_Space_Law/Practitioners_Forum

Young Lawyers’ Symposium (18 March 2017): http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ECSL_European_Centre_for_Space_Law/Young_Lawyers_Symposium

Student Insight Day (23 March 2017, deadline to register 17 March): http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ECSL_European_Centre_for_Space_Law/Space_Insight_Day (Flyer)

Information on other ECSL events such as student get-togethers, colloquia and national industry events, will be posted on the ECSL website when information is available: http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ECSL_European_Centre_for_Space_Law

NPOC Symposium 11 June 2016

The ECSL National Point of Contact for Space Law Austria in cooperation with the Beijing Institute of Technology – Institute of Space Law and the George Washington University Space Policy Institute organised a symposium entitled “Looking to the Future: Changing International Relations and Legal Issues Facing Space Activities”.

The symposium took place at the margins of the 59th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on 11 June 2016 at the University of Vienna Faculty of Law.

Publication: “Small Satellites – Regulatory Challenges and Chances”

The publication “Small Satellites – Regulatory Challenges and Chances” edited by Professor Irmgard Marboe addresses the booming phenomenon of small satellites. The rapid innovation of technology has made it possible to develop, launch and operate small satellites at rather low cost. Universities, start-ups and also governments see the chance to access outer space more easily and inexpensively. Yet, the importance to comply with existing rules and regulations that are in place to ensure that outer space is used and explored in a safe and responsible manner is sometimes overlooked. The book addresses this challenge and shows how it can be met. The contributors are renowned academics and practitioners from many different countries that share their experiences and insights and suggest practical Solutions.

Title:                     Small Satellites – Regulatory Challenges and Chances
Editor:                 Professor Irmgard Marboe
Publisher:          Brill/Martinus Nijhoff
Series:                  Studies in Space Law 11
Series Editor:   Frans G. von der Dunk
ISBN:                    9789004312227
Publication:       March 2016

For more information see http://www.brill.com/products/book/small-satellites

Preparatory Meeting for High Level Fora on ‘Space as a Driver for Socioeconomic Sustainable Development’ took place in Vienna

The Preparatory Meeting for a series of High Level Fora on the topic ‘Space as a Driver for Socioeconomic Sustainable Development’ was organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs on 19 November 2015 at the Vienna International Centre. It brought together decision-makers from governments and space agencies as well as other high-ranking officials.

The series of High Level Fora will be organised from 2016 to 2018 for the preparation of the UNISPACE+50 event. This event will take place in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first UNISPACE conference, which was held in Vienna in 1968. The fora will offer the opportunity to address the economic, environmental, social, policy and regulatory dimensions of space for global sustainable development.

The Preparatory Meeting was centred upon the four pillars of Space Economy, Space Society, Space Accessibility and Space Diplomacy. These pillars will also guide the series of High Level Fora and the preparations for the UNISPACE +50 event.

More information can be found on the website of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

Two new topics on the agenda of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee: Space traffic management and small satellites

During the 54th session of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which took place from 13-24 April 2015 in Vienna, member States agreed to put the topics of space traffic management and small satellites on the agenda of the next session of the Subcommittee.

Space traffic management is a set of technical and regulatory provisions ensuring safe access into, operations in and return from outer space to Earth. Due to the rising number of actors in outer space and the continuous increase in outer space activities this topic is currently attracting more and more attention. The increase in space actors and activities leads to a deterioration of safety in outer space and threatens the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. Therefore, comprehensive regulations, including effective implementation and control mechanisms, are needed to enhance the safety and security of space activities on the long term.

Similarly, the increase in small satellite activities also makes an examination of associated regulations necessary. Small satellites have become more and more popular in recent years, as technological development has made it possible to build, launch and operate satellites at rather low cost, thus opening new opportunities for developing countries, research institutions and small business start-ups to engage in space activities. However, in order to ensure the safe and responsible use of outer space, it is necessary to be aware of the need to include small satellite missions appropriately in the scope of application of national and international regulatory frameworks.

In this context, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have recently elaborated an information hand-out on topics such as registration, authorization, debris mitigation and frequency management of small satellites.

With the decision to address the legal issues relating to space traffic management and small satellites in the Legal Subcommittee, COPUOS member States can work towards enhancing the safety of space operations for the benefit of all.

Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court

In 2014, for the second time, an Austrian team participated at the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court. The European Rounds were held from 14 to 17 May 2014 at Wroclaw University in Wroclaw, Poland. The two students – Isolde Klinger und Tom Svedberg – were chosen in October 2013 out of several applications to represent the University of Vienna. The case dealt with the legal responsibility for interferences in frequencies that are used for the positioning and communication of satellites. The Austrian team was able to qualify for the semi-finals in the European Rounds and was only beaten by the winners of the finals, the team of the University of Paris XI.

Resolution with Recommendations on national legislation adopted by General Assembly

Resolution with Recommendations on national legislation relevant to the peaceful exploration and use of outer space adopted in 4th Committee of General Assembly

On 1 November 2013, the 4th Committee of the General Assembly adopted the Resolution “Recommendations on national legislation relevant to the peaceful exploration and use of outer space” (A/C.4/68/L.2). The Recommendations had been elaborated in the Working Group on National Space Legislation within the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOUPUOS) under the chairmanship of Irmgard Marboe (Austria).

The Legal Subcommittee (LSC) of UNCOPUOS had introduced a new agenda item under a workplan entitled ‘General exchange of information on national legislation relevant for the peaceful exploration and use of outer space’ in 2007. After five years, the Working Group concluded its final report on the work conducted under its multi-year workplan in March 2012. In June 2013 the final text of the Recommendations was adopted by the Main Committee of UNCOPUOS which recommended to adopt it as a separate resolution to the General Assembly.

The final text contains ‘elements for consideration’ for States when enacting regulatory frameworks for national space activities. There are eight ‘elements’ that States could consider when enacting regulatory frameworks for national space activities:

1. Scope of application (definition of space activities targeted by national regulatory frameworks);

2. Ascertainment of national jurisdiction over space activities;

3. Authorisation by a competent national authority;

4. Conditions for authorisation;

5. Ways and means of supervision of space activities;

6. Establishment of a national register of objects launched into outer space;

7. Possible recourse mechanisms and insurance requirements;

8. Transfer of ownership or control of a space object in orbit.

Recommendations on national legislation

 

Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court

In the Academic year 2012/2013, an Austrian team participated at the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court for the first time. The European Rounds were held from 9 – 11 May 2013 at the University La Sapienza in Rome. The Austrian team members – Sarah Germann, Laura Kiparski und Anja Nakarada Pecujlic – were chosen in October 2012 out of ten interested students. The team was coached by Prof. Irmgard Marboe, MMag. Karin Traunmüller und Mag. Michaela Hinterholzer. Also other members of the department, in particular MMag. Markus Beham, Mag. Jane Hofbauer, Mag. Peter Bachmayer, Andrea Leiter, Michael Moffatt and others gave advide and supported the Moot Court team.

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22nd ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Space Policy

ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Space Policy (Klosterneuburg)

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The 22nd ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Space Policy took place between the 1 and 14 September 2013 in Klosterneuburg. It was organised by the European Center for Space Law (ECSL) with the support of the NPOC Space Law Austria. 38 students and 4 tutors from 17 States participated. 22 lecturers from practice and science familiarised the students with various issues of space law and space policy. The thematic focus of this year’s course was the current problem of space debris.

Austria was presented by six students, one tutor as well as a number of lecturers. Prof. Marboe (NPOC Space Law Austria) held two lectures, one on “National Space Legislation“, where the students had also to work in teams on various national space legislation, and on „Military Uses of Outer Space”. Prof. Brünner (University of Graz, Subpoint Graz) addressed a number of current issues in the context of space applications in his two lectures „Outer Space – Quo Vadis“, part 1 & 2.

1238065_578249205567262_2027873249_nApart from the lectures, students had to work in small groups on the project „A European program for space debris mitigation“, the simulation of an international tendering procedure. The students’ task was to elaborate a project to prevent or mitigate space debris and present the relevant legal, financial and technical aspects.

Besides the lectures and team work a cultural program was organised for the participants, including a guided tour at the abbey Klosterneuburg and wine tasting in the abbey cellars as well as a visit of the opera “Frau Luna” at the Wiener Volksoper. Furthermore, the students enjoyed an excursion to the United Nations Vienna, where the team work was presented in front of a jury on the last day.

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