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ESA: Space Law Training Opportunity for “Young Graduate Trainees”

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Overview of the Division’s mission
The Legal Department is in charge of the advising on the interpretation and coherent application of international and national laws applicable to ESA. It prepares and safeguards the application of the Agency secondary law (Resolutions, Declarations, Rules, Regulations, Agreements) and derived acts.
The Head of the Department is providing the secretariat for the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL). The main objective of ECSL is to build up and spread, within Europe and elsewhere, an understanding of the legal framework relevant to space activities. ECSL does this by fostering the exchange of information among students, scholars and legal practitioners and by helping to improve and promote the studying and teaching of space law. Its aim is to provide updated information on Europe’s contribution to space activities, and therefore to enhance the European position in the field of space law practice, teaching and publications.
Information on ECSL and its activities may be found at
Overview of the field of activity proposed
The postholder will provide support to the Head of the Legal Department in the area of space law. He/She will act in particular as Secretary of the ECSL. This will include in particular the following duties:
- The organisation of events and meetings such as the General Assembly of the ECSL and the Board Meetings, the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court, ECSL Practitioners’ Forum, IISL-ECSL Symposium, ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy and other conferences.
- The budget administration (planning and reporting) on cost, in conformity with the established rules of the Agency, call dues for membership.
- The participation in the different events of the ECSL (preparation of agenda and programme). Drafting of reports of the different events. Preparation of the publications (Newsletter, Summer Course Proceedings etc.).
- The update of the website of the Legal Department and of the ECSL Legal Database.
In these duties, he/she will be asked to interface regularly with the ECSL Chairman and the Board Members. He/she will have many contacts with Universities, students and International Organizations such as OOSA.
Educational and other requirements
Applicants should have just completed, or be in their final year of a University course at Masters Level (or equivalent) in international law and should have a good knowledge of space law. Familiarity with internet and informatics tools is necessary. Knowledge of budget administration is an asset.
Applicants should have good interpersonal and communication skills and should be able to work in a multi-cultural environment, both independently and as part of a team. Applicants should have very good organisational capabilities.
Applicants must be fluent in English and/or French, the working languages of the Agency. A good proficiency in English is required.


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