On 11 June 2016, the ECSL National Point of Contact for Space Law Austria, together 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” at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna. Three panels of renowned international experts discussed trends and developments in international relations, space law and changing private sector pressures, and legal responses to space sustainability. The symposium was organised at the margins of the fifty-ninth session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space which took place from 8 – 17 June 2016 in Vienna.
Session One: Trends and Developments in International Relations
Moderator: Irmgard Marboe
- Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, University of Vienna
- Marco Aliberti, European Space Policy Institute
- Zhenjun Zhang, China Institute of Space Law
Session Two: Space Law and Changing Private Sector and International Pressures –
Can Legal Principles of a Half-Century Ago Still Prevail?
Moderator: Henry Hertzfeld
- Pascale Ehrenfreund, German Aerospace Center
- Ivan Kosenkov, Skolkovo
- Michael Simpson, Secure World Foundation
Session Three: Space Sustainability – Legal Responses
Moderator: Li Shouping
- Peter Hulsroj, European Space Policy Institute
- Diane Howard, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University