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Young Lawyers' Symposium - ONLINE VERSION DUE TO COVID-19

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Impact of covid-19

The ECSL is delighted to announce that the fifth edition of the Young Lawyers' Symposium (YLS), initially set to take place on 24 of April 2020 at ESA ESOC in Darmstadt is maintained.
In the context of the covid-19 outbreak, please note that we have decided to organise the event remotely on the 19th of June.
Congratulations to the selected speakers for their inspiring abstracts. We look forward to hearing their presentations !
Please note that the programme will be shared in the coming days. 

The 2020 YLS 

Every ear, the ECSL is inviting young scholars and professionals to take part in the Young Lawyers' Symposium (YLS). 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 2020 will centre around three themed panels, which will consider legal aspect relating to:

1.    The legality of the use of force in outer space
2.    Legal tools to guarantee space safety
3.    Use of outer space against climate change and environmental crises 

Invitation to submit an abstract (closed):  

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 5th of March 2020 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 2020. 

You can register to attend and submit your abstract here:

Registration to attend the online YLS:

More information on registration and the link to join the online event will be shared shortly.
In the meantime, you can already save the 19th of June in your calendar !

2020 YLS Poster with topics
2020 YLS Poster with topics

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.

2019 Young Lawyers' Symposium

More information on the 2019 YLS event following the link here :

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