ECSL Practitioners' Forum 2015
"Space Governance in Europe: Regulation of Space Activities"
27 March 2015, 9:30 - 17:30, ESA HQ Paris, Room A
The European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) is hosting a forward-looking Forum to examine two of the three pillars of European space governance; ESA and the EU. We want to foster a discussion on what works and needs re-thinking in European space governance and how the regulatory landscape should develop in the future to ensure that European industry remains competitive in the global market.
The Forum will be divided into two sessions. The morning session will include perspectives from each organisation. The focus is on the regulatory aspects of governance, specifically the mechanisms and framework conditions for regulation. The European Commission has been invited to present some of the conclusions of its forthcoming study for the economic development of space products and services addressing space law issues such as authorisation, registration, liability and the obligation of insurance of space activities. We will consider the role of ESA in European space governance and the way in which its institutional flexibility and industrial policy can adapt to steadily increasing membership and evolving relations with industry and the EU.
The afternoon session will feature keynote addresses from the point of view of industry trade bodies. This will be followed by a high-level panel discussion to develop some of the themes of the Forum and to respond to questions from the audience. We welcome and encourage representatives from EU and ESA Member States and industry to attend in order to share their views with the Forum.
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History and purpose of the Practitioners' Forum
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 programmes of the previous years' Forums are available on the right side of this page. A link to the full report from the 2014 Forum can also be accessed.
For more information:
European Centre for Space Law (ECSL)
c/o ESA, 8/10 rue Mario-Nikis F-75738 Paris Cedex 15
Tel: 0033 (0)1 53 69 73 53