Worldwide Space Law Essay Competition "Legal aspects relating to satellite constellations"
The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) invite students and young professionals worldwide to submit a paper on “Legal aspects relating to satellite constellations".
The aim of this competition: In view of the enlarged activities in the field of satellite constellations (a group of coordinated satellites), the legal aspects around these systems are becoming increasingly important. Therefore, a wide range of individual topics from various fields (environment, economy, security, licencing, control etc.) are welcomed in order to analyse and discuss relevant aspects. The papers may also address potential new aspects which take into account the needs and interests of the whole international community.
It is strongly encouraged that the paper only focus on one issue, rather than try to discuss a number of issues. This will allow the paper to adhere to the word limit while still offering an in-depth study. Beyond this limitation, participants are free to choose their subject. The most inspiring or well-written papers will be accumulated and published.
See previous publications:
- Post 2030-Agenda and the Role of Space, ISBN 978-3-319-78953-8
- A Fresh View on the Outer Space Treaty, ISBN 978-3-319-70433-3
In addition: participants from or studying in ESA Member States will be considered for special prizes:
- First Prize: - Reasonable costs of transport and accommodation (for a trip originating within Europe only) to attend the ECSL Practitioners’ Forum and Young Lawyer Symposium in 2019 - An annual ECSL Membership
- Second Prize: - An annual ECSL membership (free admission to the Practitioners’ Forum) - Second place certificate - Special mention at the Young Lawyer Symposium
- Third Prize: - An annual ECSL membership for one year (free admission to the Practitioners’ Forum) Third place certificate - Special mention at the Young Lawyer Symposium
Winners of the ECSL Prize:
We were happy to note that there were a number of high level contributions to the Worldwide Essay competition from Europe.
In the end the ECSL selection committee chose to award the following three essays:
- First place: Alice Rivière, Airbus Defence and Space
- Second place: Claudiu Mihai Tãiatu, International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL), Leiden University
- Third place: Ewan Wright, University of Sheffield.
As all the three essays selected for the ECSL prize have also been chosen for the ESPI prize, which means they will be published in a book edited by ESPI, we are unfortunately not able to share the winning essays online. However, once the ESPI book is published in the spring we will share news of it. Congratulation to all our winners, and the other submissions chosen by ESPI to be published in their book.
- Participation is open for all students and young professionals worldwide (graduated within 6 years before the deadline/without age restriction to support the lifelong learning).
- Submission is limited to one paper per person. - Participants who wish to apply in addition for the ECSL awards, please indicate it while submitting your paper and add your citizenship and university.
- Papers should be submitted in Standard UK English via e-mail in both Word and PDF format; both e-mail and paper should include title of the paper and author’s name.
- The paper should not exceed 5,000 words, be written in Times New Roman, size 12 with line spacing 1.5 and include consecutively numbered footnotes (which should be created through the Word footnote function; size 10 with line space 1.0). - Headings and subheadings in text should be written in Times New Roman, bold, size 12 with line spacing 1.5 and include consecutively numbering (1., 1.1., 1.1.1. etc.)
- The first footnote should contain the name, e-mail address and, if applicable, affiliation (university, institute, firm, etc.) of the participant.
- The paper should make use of the OSCOLA reference style for the footnotes: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxlaw/oscola_4th_edn_hart_2012.pdf.
- A short abstract (max. 200 words) should be included after the title but before the start of the paper, the abstract does not count towards the word limit (in Times New Roman, Italic, size 12 with line space 1.5)
- A bibliography is not expected. Tables and figures should have a title and number (ex. Table 1: Space and SDG 1).
- Cross-references should be created through the Word function in order to guaranty the right numbering.
- A short bio including authors e-mail address should be added to the paper on the last page of the document. This bio will not count towards the word limit.
- The author should have all rights on the submitted paper, which has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
- The paper should be written individually, co-authored papers will not be accepted.
- Quotations may be in the original language as long as a translation is provided in English either in the text or in a footnote.
- Spelling should be consistent throughout the paper.
- The paper should have numbered pages, placed on the right-hand side of the bottom of each page.
- Please indicate your telephone number in case of further questions. Thank you!