The ECSL has been organising a one-day Practitioners' Forum every year since 1992. The aim of the Forum is to provide those working across all areas of the space sector an opportunity to network and discuss topical areas of space law and policy relevant to the sector.
During the Forum experts present the latest developments impacting on space, for example: EU law, contracts and procurement law, telecommunications, liability and insurance, etc. The presentations are followed by a lively Q&A and discussion session.
The Forum promotes open and free discourse. Participants speak in their personal capacity under the Chatham House Rules (no publication of comments made which enable their maker to be identified) and in general, papers are not collected or published.
Only ECSL members may participate in the Practitioners’ Forum. It will be possible to sign up and pay for membership on the day of the Forum but those who are already members will be given priority if capacity is reached on the day. We therefore recommend organising your membership in advance.
All those wishing to attend should fill in the Registration Form (available on the right side of this page) and return it to the Executive Secretary by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main conference suite at ESA Headquarters has plenty of capacity however should capacity be reached, places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
The programmes of the previous years' Forums are available on the right side of this page. A link to the full report from the 2016 Forum will be available shortly.
The 2017 Practitioners' Forum will take place from 9.00am - 17.00pm on Friday 17 March 2017, followed by networking drinks.
The theme of the 2017 Forum is Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Mega-Constellations.
The deadline for registering for this event is Friday 10 March 2017.
To register, please complete the online registration form available on the right hand side of the page. You will receive an email notification confirming your place once your membership status for 2017 has been confirmed.
For further information, please contact the ECSL Executive Secretary Nicholas Puschman at email@example.com
Examples of Previous Practitioners’ Forum themes:
18 March 2016: Exploitation of Natural Resources in Outer Space
27 March 2015: Space Governance in Europe: Regulation of Space Activities
14 March 2014: Recent Developments in Export Control Regulations on Space Technology
15 March 2013: The Registration of Satellites –Legal Aspects and Practice
16 March 2012: Insurance of Satellite Activities from the Cradle to the Grave – Legal Aspects
18 March 2011: Manned Spaceflight Safety Issues: Legal & Policy Aspects
19 March 2010: Galileo: Current Legal Issues
15 December 2008: National space legislation in Europe - Issues of authorisation in the light of developments in European space cooperation
27 April 2007: Recent developments within the European space industry: legal aspects
17 March 2006: Space Tourism – Legal and Policy Aspects
4 March 2005: New Developments in the Field of (Satellite) Telecommunications
12 March 2004: New Issues in Earth Observation and Data Policy