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2020 Practitionner's Forum Poster

Practitioners' Forum - POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 (TBC)

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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, and you are invited to become a Member in advance of the event to ensure your place is confirmed.

To become a member please check out the link here:

The 2020 Practitioners' Forum: 

The next Practitioners' Forum will take place on the 23rd of April 2020, and address "Artificial Intelligence and the Space Sector: legal and regulatory aspects".
Artificial Intelligence plays and will continue to play an important role in helping space actors, from companies to government agencies, to conduct space activities.
This year's event will focus on the legal and policy aspects of artificial intelligence in the space sector, covering a wide range of topics from its current use to its potential applications.

Due to the renovation of the European Space Agency's Headquarters in Paris, the 2020 edition of the Practitioners' Forum will be held at the European Space Operations Centre (ESA ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. This is the ideal location for an event discussing a topical matter relating to space operations, but also how AI impacts other industries.

Program and Registration:

The program for the 2020 Practitioner's Forum is available here:

Registration is open until the 10th of April and limited to a 100 participants:

Have a look at the 2019 programme: 

Two days of ECSL events at ESA ESOC ! 

Please note that this is the first of two ECSL events taking place at ESA ESOC this week, all require separate registration for attending. As such, the list of events and more information on how to register is listed below. 

For further questions, please contact the ECSL Executive Secretary at

Media Participation 

The event is advertised here:

Last years program
Last years program

Examples of Previous Practitioners’ Forum themes:

25. April 2019: The Moon Village Concept: Practical, Business and Legal Challenges (ESA ESTEC, Netherlands)

23. March 2018: Cyber Issues in Space: Legal Tools (ESA HQ, Paris)

17. March 2017: The Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Mega-Constellations  (ESA HQ, Paris)

18 March 2016: Exploitation of Natural Resources in Outer Space (ESA HQ, Paris)

27 March 2015: Space Governance in Europe: Regulation of Space Activities (ESA HQ, Paris) 

14 March 2014: Recent Developments in Export Control Regulations on Space Technology (ESA HQ, Paris)

15 March 2013: The Registration of Satellites –Legal Aspects and Practice (ESA HQ, Paris)

16 March 2012: Insurance of Satellite Activities from the Cradle to the Grave – Legal Aspects (ESA HQ, Paris)

18 March 2011: Manned Spaceflight Safety Issues: Legal & Policy Aspects (ESA HQ, Paris)

19 March 2010: Galileo: Current Legal Issues (ESA HQ, Paris)

15 December 2008: National space legislation in Europe - Issues of authorisation in the light of developments in European space cooperation (ESA HQ, Paris)

27 April 2007: Recent developments within the European space industry: legal aspects (ESA HQ, Paris)

17 March 2006: Space Tourism – Legal and Policy Aspects (ESA HQ, Paris)

4 March 2005: New Developments in the Field of (Satellite) Telecommunications (ESA HQ, Paris)

12 March 2004: New Issues in Earth Observation and Data Policy (ESA HQ, Paris)

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