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ECSL Executive Course on Space Law and Regulations

04/04/2018 4593 views 8 likes
ESA / About Us / ECSL European Centre for Space Law

The ECSL is proud to announce the ECSL Executive Course on Space Law and Regulations organised in collaboration with ESA, at ESA ESTEC, Netherlands, from 2-4 of October 2019

As the space sector becomes increasingly commercialised, both national governments and private companies have a need for knowledge about the legal dimensions related to space activities. The ECSL and ESA recognise these changes, and wish to offer an opportunity for a structured introduction to space law and regulations to government representatives and industry professionals.

While the ECSL Summer Course is a great resource for students, the Executive Course will deliver a high-quality and tailor-made course for government representative and industry professionals, with a strong focus on the practical aspects of the legal dimensions relevant for regulating and conducting space activities.

The course will be organised together with ESA's Legal Services Department and greatly benefit from their extensive expertise in dealing with regulations relevant for space missions. In addition, the course will feature technical and legal experts from other ESA departments and a limited number of external experts.

Issues which will be discussed include but are not limited to:

  • An introduction to space law and space governance
  • National space legislation: Rationale, content and development
  • Regulatory and technical requirements for clearing a space mission
  • Standardisation
  • Export control
  • Typologies of Space Contracts
  • Space debris mitigation
  • Filing for frequencies
  • Space object registration


A full programme will be made available in the coming weeks.

Application procedure and course fee:

Applications to the course will be accepted between 1st of August and the 4th of September 2019.

Representatives from industry and governments in ESA-member states will be given priority. However, representatives from other parts of Europe and the rest of the world are invited to apply, and will be admitted on a non-priority basis. Selected candidates will be notified as soon as possible after the application window has closed.

Students will not be accepted for this course. An exception may be made for PhD students, if they are involved with managing or regulating space activities.


To apply, please fill out the application form in the right hand tool bar, and send the application form and a short CV to Ms. Chehineze Bouafia at before the 4th of September 2019.

The course fee is 600 Euros, including some lunches and a dinner. Participants will be expected to organise for their own transportation and accommodation. The Course will start in the morning of the Wednesday the 2nd of October, and finish around 17.00 on Friday the 4th of October.


If you have any questions in relations to the course feel free to contact: 
Chehineze Bouafia, Executive Secretary, ECSL – or
Alexander Soucek, Legal Officer, ESA –

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