2019 Summer Course Group Picture

ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy

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One of ECSL’s most successful activities is the ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy, which is open to students of all levels of study, as well as a few young professionals already working in the space or space-related sectors. The course is now in its 29th year and boasts a large family of alumni around the world.

The 2020 Summer Course on Space Law and Policy:

The course is organised each summer by the ECSL with the support of a host university or other institution. The 2020 Summer Course will be organised together with Nova School of Law from  the 17th to the 28th of August.

During the two-week course, participants attend intensive lectures and seminars given by leading university professors and space industry practitioners concerning the international and domestic legal and policy frameworks governing space activities and applications. The main objective of the Summer Course is to stimulate participants’ interest in this particular field of law and policy and to provide them with a basic, solid knowledge upon which to build or enhance their professional career or carry out further academic research

During the course participants have the opportunity to meet highly qualified experts, to learn from their experience and to visit the premises of companies operating in the space industry or intergovernmental bodies, as well as other entities active in the space sector (research centres etc...).

The theme of this year’s course will mainly focus on National Legislation and International Governance in Space.

The course will also feature a project, where all participants must take part. Each group will present their project on the final day to a panel of judges, who will award one group as the winner.

More information about the program will be made available in the coming months.

Important information:

For students who are citizens of or studying in an Member State or Associated State of the European Space Agency (ESA) there is a course fee of 200 euros, which will contribute to the accommodation organised and paid for by the ECSL.

For students who are not citizens of or study in any ESA Member State, the course fee is 1200 Euros, this includes accommodation that will be organised by the ECSL. Students from ESA Member States and Associated States are given priority, but every year we accept a few students from non-ESA states.

For Young Professionals the course fee is 1200 Euros, this includes accommodation that will be organised by the ECSL. This is primarily a Course for students, but each year we do also accept a few Young professionals. 

Professionals are also invited to check out the ECSL Executive Course on Space Law and Regulations: https://www.esa.int/About_Us/ECSL_European_Centre_for_Space_Law/ECSL_Executive_Course_on_Space_Law_and_Regulations

Both students and Young professionals are expected to organise and pay for their own transport to Lisbon, and have a travel insurance for the duration of the course. The insurance should cover travel/third party liability. Participants are also expected to cover some local transportation costs in Lisbon as well as living costs, although some transportation and meals may also be covered by the ECSL or local partners.

Participants are expected to arrive in Lisbon on the 16th of August, and stay until the 29th of August. We will only accept participants who can stay the whole time, and participants are expected to take part in evening and weekend activities.

For more information check out the information in the right hand tool bar.

Application information:
Students for ESA Member States should apply to the National Point of Contact in the country where they study or where they are citizens.

You may only apply to one NPoC. A list of NPoCs can be found here: https://www.esa.int/About_Us/ECSL_European_Centre_for_Space_Law/National_Points_of_Contact

Students who are neither citizens of nor studying in an ESA Member State should apply directly to the ECSL Secretariat, and send their application to ecsl@esa.int

Young Professionals should also apply directly to the ECSL Secretariat, and send their application to ecsl@esa.int

The call for application will open late spring 2020


Application for Tutors:

The ECSL will also recruit five Tutors for the Summer Course. As a tutor you get a chance to interact and engage with other young space enthusiast, as well as some of the most prominent people in the field. You will get organisational and tutoring experience, a chance to learn from all the lectures while potentially experiencing a new country.

Tutors are usually selected from previous years' Summer Course students, as they are familiar with the structure of an ECSL Summer Course and have experience of preparing and presenting a group project.

Tutors receive a place on the course and accommodation free of charge but they are still required to pay for their transport and insurance.

The main task of the tutors is to tutor the teams for the project and assist the Executive Secretary with the day-to day running of the course.

More information and application instructions is available below (form of 2019):


Previous years have taken place in:

1992 - Messina, Italy

1993 - Toulouse, France

1994 - Granada, Spain

1995 - Aberdeen, UK

1996 - Leiden, Netherlands

1997 - Rovaniemi, Finland

1998 - Brest, France

1999 - Geneva, Switzerland

2000 - Cologne, Germany

2001 - Nice, France

2002 - La Rochelle, France

2003 - Leuven, Belgium

2004- Graz, Austria

2005 - Terni, Italy

2006 - Noordwijk, Netherlands

2007 - Noordwijk, Netherlands

2008 - Genoa, Italy

2009 - Lisbon, Portugal 

2010 - Jaén, Spain  

2011 - Rijeka , Croatia

2012 - Pafos, Cyprus

2013 - Vienna, Austria

2014 - Geneva, Switzerland

2015 - Caen, France

2016 - Warsaw, Poland

2017 - Rome, Italy (Information right hand side bar)

2018 - Helsinki, Finland 

2019 - Messina, Italy 

2020 - Lisbon, Portugal 

Roundtable Discussion on Man & Machine in Space during the 2015 ECSL Summer Course
Roundtable Discussion on Man & Machine in Space during the 2015 ECSL Summer Course

If you are interested in finding out more about the course, please contact the ECSL Executive Secretary Chehineze Bouafia at ecsl@esa.int

Summer Course 2016
Summer Course 2016

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