Upcoming Events

26th ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy - 04 - 15. September 2017
The 26th edition of the ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy will this year take place in Rome, and be co-organized with Sapienza University. The course will give about 45 students and Young Professionals from Europe and beyond a chance to learn about space law and policy from a wide range of experts.

Arctic Space and Technology Summit - 9 May 2017

The ECSL is pleased to announce the Arctic Space and Technology Summit which will be taking place in Helsinki, Finland on 9 May 2017. The ECSL/ESA is co-organising this event along with Tekes, Space Finland, the Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries, the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Reaktor and Bird & Bird. Further details on the summit can be found on: www.spacefinland.fi  

Small Satellites Tech, Business & Regulatory Industry Workshop - 13 April 2017

The Tech, Business & Regulatory Industry Workshop was established in 2016 as a means of bringing together a variety of stakeholders from different aspects of the space industry to exchange on the technology, business and legal/regulatory aspects of a particular topic.

The 2017 workshop will focus on small satellites and in particular the developments taking place in the context of the Dutch space sector. The ECSL will be co-organising this workshop together with the International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL) at Leiden University, and ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space B.V. We are pleased to have the support of the Netherlands Space Society (NVR) and SpaceNed as sponsors of the workshop.

The programme and registration is available at: https://indico.esa.int/indico/event/186/   

Norwegian NPOC Event - Space Law & Policy Seminar in Oslo - 17 February 2017

The Norwegian NPOC - the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) - and the ECSL will be co-organising a space law & policy seminar on 17 February 2017 at the offices of the NSC in Oslo, Norway. This will mark the inaugural ECSL event of the Norwegian NPOC and will be an opportunity for industry, academia, government and other interested stakeholders to have an introduction to space law and engage in discussion on some current trends like small satellites. There is no attendance fee for this seminar, and registration is open until 15 February 2017. To register and view the programme, please visit https://indico.esa.int/indico/event/184/ 

ECSL Events - March 2017 - Paris

The ECSL will be organising several events in March 2017 at ESA HQ in Paris, to which Members are warmly invited:

  • 17 March 2017 - Practitioners' Forum on the Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Mega-Constellations
  • 18 March 2017 - Young Lawyers' Symposium with sessions on: (i) the Moon Village and legal aspects of space exploration, (ii) law and NewSpace and (iii) international governance and space
  • 24 March 2017 - ECSL Space Insight Day (during the European Workshop of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), also that day at ESA HQ in Paris)
    • Further details on this event can be viewed on the left-hand toolbar.

5th Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance and the UN 2030 Agenda - Montreal, QC, Canada - 5 to 6 May 2017

This conference is being organised by the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Candidates can submit abstracts up to 31 January 2017. Further information is available at: https://www.mcgill.ca/iasl/events/mlc2017 

2017 Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition - European Rounds

The  ECSL is pleased to announce that the 2017 European Rounds will be hosted by the University of Helsinki, Finland and will take place from 10 - 12 May 2017. Registration for the competition is open until 31 January 2017. Further information is available on competition link on the left-hand toolbar

Earth Observation Sympsoium in Graz, Austria - 31 May to 1 June 2017

The ECSL is glad to support a symposium being organised by the Competence Centre for Space Law and Space Policy at the University of Graz, Austria from 31 May to 1 June 2017. This symposium will focus on the topic of trends and challenges with regards to satellite-based Earth observation. Speakers include legal experts in the field and representatives from institutions such as the European Space Agency, the European Space Policy Institute, academia and the private sector. The full programme is available at: http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/ECSL/EINLADUNG_ENGL_Symposium_172x244_DRUCKVERSION(1).pdf 

If you wish to register, please contact Mr. Hannes Mayer at hannes.mayer@uni-graz.at or call +43 676 366 5515.

Latin America/Polish Air and Space Law Conference in Warsaw, Poland - 21 to 23 June 2017

The ECSL is supporting a 3-day conference being organised between the University of Lazarski and the Latin American Association for Air and Space Law (ALADA - Asociación Lation Americana de Derecho Aeronáutico y Espacial). The conference will be taking place in Warsaw from 21 to 23 June 2017. Further information on the programme and registration fees will be posted on the ECSL website in due course.


Export Control and International Trade Law Workshop - French NPOC - 21 and 22 November 2016, Caen, France

The ECSL is pleased to support a conference being organised by the French NPOC along with other partners including the University of Caen-Normandie, the University of Kyoto, ThalesAleniaSpace and Airbus Defence. This conference will be on the theme of export control and international trade law. It will take place from 21 to 22 November 2016 in Caen, France. The programme is available at:  http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/ECSL/Colloque_INGEER_flyer.pdf. To register your attendance, please visit: http://ingeer2016.eventbrite.fr

25th Summer Course on Space Law and Policy - Warsaw, Poland - 29th August to 10th September 2016

The 25th ECSL Summer Course will take place in Warsaw, Poland from 29th August - 10th September 2016. The event this year is being organised in coordination with the Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Lazarski. The application window has now opened and the form can be downloaded from our website at: http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/ECSL/ApplicationForm2016.pdf

The deadline for submitting applications is 28th June 2016 with the outcome of the selection process announced in mid-July. Where a National Point of Contact (NPOC) exists in your country of study/work/residency, please send your application directly to the NPOC (information on the ECSL NPOC network is available on the left hand toolbar); otherwise, please apply directly to the ECSL by sending your completed application to ecsl@esa.int

ECSL Austria NPOC Symposium - 11th June 2016, Vienna

The ECSL is pleased to promote the Austrian NPOC's upcoming symposium on 11th June 2016 in Vienna titled Looking to the Future: Changing International Relations and Legal Issues Facing Space Activities. This event is being organised with the Beijing Institute of Technology - Institute of Space Law and the George Washington University Space Policy Institute. Further information is available at: http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/ECSL/InvitationViennaConference11June2016.pdf

ECSL Representation at the ESA Clean Space Industrial Days, ESTEC, Netherlands - 26th May 2016

The ECSL will be giving a legal presentation on space debris and active debris removal (ADR) during the ESA Clean Space Industrial Days taking place from 23rd - 27th May in ESTEC, Netherlands. For more information, follow the ESA Clean Space team at: https://twitter.com/esacleanspace

ECSL Events in Glasgow - April 2016

The ECSL will be organising a NewSpace Tech, Business & Regulatory Industry Workshop on 26th April 2016. This will be taking place at the University of Strathclyde who will also be the host of the 2016 European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition. The competition will be held from 27th - 29th April 2016.

Young Lawyers' Symposium - 17th March 2016, Paris

In an effort to increase the opportunities available for young lawyers - students and professionals - in the field of space law and policy, the ECSL will be hosting its inaugural Young Lawyers' Symposium on 17th March at ESA HQ in Paris. After a high number of abstracts submitted, 12 have been selected for presentation at this event. The topics to be addressed range from data issues, mega-constellations, ESA industrial policy, natural resources in outer space, institutional frameworks and the status of personnel in space.

Eduational Outreach Programme - 26th February 2016

On 26th February, the ECSL will welcome law students from the University of Caen to the HQ of the European Space Agency in Paris. In pursuit of its objective to promote space law while at the same time reinforcing its ties with the host of the 2015 Summer Course, students will attend lectures given by lawyers from the Agency on topics ranging from space law, the legal framework relating to the ISS to the institutional law aspects of international organisations like employment law and privileges and immunities.

ECSL-UK NPOC Regulatory and Legal Workshop, London

Together with Bird & Bird LLP, the Satellite Finance Network and Access Partnership, the ECSL is organising a Regulatory & Legal Workshop on 4th December 2015 in London. The ECSL is delighted to be collaborating with the UK National Point of Contact in this event which will look a wide variety of issues, such as the regulation of small satellites, insurance and space debris.

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