A one-day Practitioners' Forum has been organised every year since 1992. The aim of the Forum is to provide those working in the space sector with a forum for the exchange of views, knowledge and information.
During the Forum experts present the latest developments impacting on space in, for example: EU law, contracts and procurement law, telecommunications, liability and insurance, etc. The presentations are followed by a lively question, answer 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 (shortly to be 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 2016 Practitioners' Forum took place on 18th March 2016 from 9am - 5pm. The topic for 2016 focused on The Exploitation of Natural Resources in Outer Space.
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.
For further information:
European Centre for Space Law (ECSL)
c/o ESA, 8/10 rue Mario-Nikis F-75738 Paris Cedex 15
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 69 73 53
Previous Practitioners’ Forum themes:
18th March 2016: Exploitation of Natural Resources in Outer Space
27th March 2015: Space Governance in Europe: Regulation of Space Activities
14th March 2014: Recent Developments in Export Control Regulations on Space Technology
15th March 2013: The Registration of Satellites –Legal Aspects and Practice
16th March 2012: Insurance of Satellite Activities from the Cradle to the Grave – Legal Aspects
18th March 2011: Manned Spaceflight Safety Issues: Legal & Policy Aspects
19th March 2010: Galileo: Current Legal Issues
15th December 2008: National space legislation in Europe - Issues of authorisation in the light of developments in European space cooperation
27th April 2007: Recent developments within the European space industry: legal aspects
17th March 2006: Space Tourism – Legal and Policy Aspects
4th March 2005: New Developments in the Field of (Satellite) Telecommunications
12th March 2004: New Issues in Earth Observation and Data Policy