Summer Course on Space Law and Policy
ECSL Summer Course 2015 in partnership with the University of Caen Basse-Normandie, France.
The 24th Summer Course on Space Law and Policy took place from 31st August to 11th September 2015 in Caen, France.
This year's course, which welcomed 38 students of 22 different nationalities and had participation and sponsorship from local government and aerospace industries, focused on the theme of space applications and smart cities. It involved the participants present a project to the City of Caen on the major space law and policy related considerations for the development of a smart city project.
Information about the 2016 edition of the Summer Course will be posted at a later date.
One of ECSL’s most successful activities is the ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy. This is organised each summer by the ECSL with the support of a host university or other organisation: 1992 Messina (Italy), 1993 Toulouse (France), 1994 Granada (spain), 1995 Aberdeen (United Kingdom), 1996 Leiden (The 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 (Perugia, Italy), 2006 Noordwijk (The Netherlands),2007 Noordwijk (The Netherlands), 2008 Genoa (Italy), 2009 Lisbon (Portugal), 2010 Jaén (Spain) , 2011 Rijeka (Croatia), 2012 Pafos (Cyprus), 2013 Vienna (Austria), 2014 Geneva (Switzerland) and 2015 Caen (France).
During the two-week course students attend intensive lectures given by 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 students’ interest in this particular field of law and policy and to provide them with a basic, solid knowledge upon which to build their professional career or carry out further academic research. During the course students 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. In 2013, for example, the students received a private tour of the European Space Policy Institute and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN OOSA).