YLS 2019

Young Lawyers' Symposium

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 The ECSL is inviting young scholars and professionals to take part in the fourth edition of the Young Lawyers' Symposium (YLS), which will be organised as a full day event on the 26 of April 2019 at ESA ESTEC in the Netherlands.

The aim of the YLS is to allow early career scholars and professionals to present on a space law related topic in an international forum, exchange ideas and network amongst themselves.

The YLS 2019 will centre around three themed panels, which will consider legal aspect relating to:

  1. The future of the Moon Agreement
  2. Commercial mining of celestial bodies
  3. Protection of cultural heritage sites on the Moon


Invitation to submit an abstract:  

Young scholars and professionals (35 and under) are invited to submit a 500-word abstract on a topic relating to the theme of one of the three panels. Selections of speakers will be made on the basis of their submitted abstract. The Abstract should give an indication of what the speaker will address in a 10min presentation.

The call for abstracts is now open until the 10st of March 2019 at 24.00 (CET). Abstracts will be selected by Board Members of the ECSL, and we aim to inform selected authors by the 15th of March 2019. 

You can register to attend and submit your abstract here: https://indico.esa.int/event/278/ 


Registration to attend the YLS:

All ECSL members are invited to attend the YLS, and can participate in the discussion between talks if they want to. Registration for the event is now open until 15 March 2018, you can register here: https://indico.esa.int/event/278/ 


The 2019 Programme: 


The number of speakers selected per panel is a reflection of the number of abstracts submitted to that panel.

From each panel, the Chair persons will select one speaker who will be invited to submit a full paper to be published on the ECSL website.

The YLS 2018
The YLS 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

- The Symposium is open to all lawyers - such as those in practice, academic researchers and students (including PhD) - who are aged 35 and under.

- A specialisation in space law is not a prerequisite.

- Speakers will be primarily solicited from those who work or study in, or are a national of, an ESA Member State, but may also include nationals of non-ESA Member States.

Procedure for Participation:

- Interested candidates are required to submit an abstract (max. 500 words) and specify which session they would wish to speak in. These abstracts will then be reviewed by the ECSL Organising Committee.

- Speakers selected to take part in the Symposium will have 10 minutes for their presentation. Each speaker must also provide an additional 3 talking points for the discussion related to their chosen subject. A discussion will be facilitated by the Chair of the panel after all the speakers have presented. 

- Selected speakers will be invited to submit a written report of their subject (6-12 pages) which will be published on the ECSL website. These speakers will also be offered assistance and guidance in the publication of their works in academic journals.

Please note that the ECSL will not provide any financial support for speakers to attend the event.

Young Lawyers Symposium 2018

9.00 – 09.30 Registration & Coffee
09.30 – 09.45 Welcome from Organizers

Panel: Space Debris

Chair: Sarah Moens & Frans von der Dunk

09.45 – 09.55 Not Only Mitigation Guidelines: Environmental Impact Assessments, Life Cycle Assessment and ISO Standards – How We Can Handle Problem of Space Debris Mr. Dawid Kowalkowski, University of Wroclaw/IDEST, University of Paris-Sud
09.55 – 10.05

Implementing Space Debris Guidelines through National Tools: A Comparison


Ms. Ludovica Di Lullo, Sapienza University of Rome
10.05 – 10.15

Deployment of Large Satellite Constellations in Leo and the Risk of Space Debris


Mr. Claudiu Mihai Taitau, ITU
10.15 – 10.25 Space Debris: Practical Cases for Cubesats   Mr. Viktor Smits, KU Leuven
10.25 – 10:45  Discussion
10:45 – 11:15 Break

Panel: Reusable Launchers, Space Vehicles and On-orbit Servicing

Chair: Maria Del-Carmen & Christian Brunner (TBC)

11:15 – 11:25 Autonomous Rendezvous and Proximity Operations – Sustainability Vs. Security Mr. Maximillian Trautinger, Vienna University/ KU Luven
11.25 – 11.35 On-orbit Servicing and the Concept of Tacit Consent under International Law Ms. Yolanda Kalogirou, McGill University
11.35 – 11.45 The Legal Regime Applicable to Stratospheric and Sub Orbital Launch Solutions Mr. Hamza Hameed, UNIDROIT
11:45 – 11.55 The Legal Issues of the Public-Private Partnership in Japanese H3 Launch vehicle compared with COTS by NASA Ms. Tani Hatakenaka, Leiden University
11:55 – 12.15 Discussion
12:15 – 13.00 Coffee  (Light food)

Panel: Future Exploration

Chair: Armel Kerrest & Sergio Marchisio

13.00 – 13.10

Statehood in Outer Space: Future Challenges to the Non-Appropriation Principle in Light of Permanent Celestial Body Settlements and Self-Determination Theory


Dr. Nicholas Jupillat, University of California
13.10 – 13.20

The First Space Nation Asgardia as a trigger for Development in Space Law and Space exploration


Ms. Anastasia Drygina, Kazan Federal University
13.20 – 13.30 Space Object: Development, Evolution or Amendment Mr. Thomas Cheney, University of Sunderland
13.30 -13.50 Q&A
13.50 – 14.10 Break
14.10 – 14.20 The ISS’s Legal Foundation as a Model for Martian or Lunar Exploration Missions Mr. Edward Burger, IDEST, University of Paris-Sud
14.20 – 14.30 Property and the viability of earthbound legal concepts in outer space Mr. Matija  Rencelj, McGill University
14.30 – 14.40 Legal Aspects of the Discovery of Extra-terrestrial Life Mr. Vincent Seffinga, University of Amsterdam
14.40 – 15.00 Q&A
15.00 – 15.15 Concluding Remarks

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