Who can participate?
The ECSL Summer Course is open to students and young professionals. All those who attend the Summer Course are referred to as students on these webpages.
To date, students from the following countries have participated in the programme: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Please see the link on the right-hand side for more details on Student Selection Criteria
Course structure in outline
The course lasts two weeks and usually starts in the last week of August or the first week of September, depending upon the calendar of the host institution
Lectures are around 60-90 minutes each and students can expect several lectures per day during the week except on those days which have been set aside for a space-related event or excursion. Lectures take place at the host Faculty or institution.
After the last lecture in the afternoon, students meet in their working groups in different study rooms to continue progress on their presentations.
The course is divided into three main parts:
- First: a general introduction to space law to provide students with basic knowledge on the sources and principles of space law and international space organisations.
- Second: a series of lectures on specific topics concerning the legal aspects of space applications or activities as well as recent developments in space law and policy, particularly in Europe. In this way, each Summer Course has a strong theme (or themes).
- Third: students are divided early on into working groups to focus on a given exercise. This may be a simulated negotiation, a moot, a programme proposal to ESA etc. The aim of the exercise is to combine the teaching content students have received with independent research. The students are assisted in this regard by a tutor for each group.
- Finally: at the end of the course students have to present their work, defend the group position and/or negotiate in a simulation in which ECSL professors and invited industry representatives make up the judging panel.
The weekends are usually left free for students. Group excursions may be organised at weekends which will be optional.
Where applicable, students have access to the host university's law library. In addition, the students will receive via email a number of documents to be read prior to the course. These will include a collection of all the major space treaties and other UN legal instruments. We strongly recommend that students print all such documents and bring them with them on the course.
The ECSL will try to arrange, so far as possible, access to printing and photocopying facilities for students. The ECSL cannot guarantee the sufficient availability of computers and therefore strongly advises students to bring their own laptop computers. Please note, a laptop computer is NOT a prerequisite to attend the course if you do not own one.
All students are responsible for organising and paying for their own transportation to and from the Summer Course destination.
Students are asked to pay special attention to any visa requirements that may be in place.
Accommodation and meals
The structure of accomodation varies each year depedning on the venue. Generally, all students and tutors stay in single, double or triple rooms at a hotel or youth hostel organised by the ECSL in conjunction with the host university/institution. These are often student halls of residence and usually within a short walk or bus ride from where the classes will take place. Information on accommodation will be provided in advance.
The ECSL will organise accommodation basis. Students are therefore responsible for their own food and other living expenses. The ECSL will try and secure reduced rates locally at the hotel, local restaurants and at the host university/institution where possible.
Rules & certificate of attendance
Students of varying ages, nationalities and backgrounds are all working towards the same goal at the Summer Course. In previous Summer Courses the atmosphere has been one of respect, tolerance and openness. Students, tutors and faculty all socialise after classes and it is important for students to have fun whilst on the course.
However, this should not come at the expense of the educational goals of the course. Attendance at lectures is compulsory. Students who fail to attend lectures or participate in their working groups may not receive their final certificate of participation.
All students selected for the course will be asked to read and sign the Summer Course Rules prior to being accepted on the course.
Last update: 23 September 2014