Source – ITU:
International Satellite communication workshop: “The ITU – challenges in the 21st century: Preventing harmful interference to satellite systems”
In response to increasing demand for satellite communications – and reflective of international cooperation to facilitate expanded access to satellite connectivity – harmful interference prevention regulations and measures are being discussed, developed and implemented worldwide. Building upon dialogue between the ITU and the international ICT community during WRC-12, which has been ongoing since, the Bureau is pleased to announce the holding of a one-day workshop in Geneva on 10 June 2013.
The Geneva workshop will be an open event where participation of national administrations, the satellite communications industry, user community, other ICT stakeholders, as well as all those with an interest in the topic, is strongly encouraged.
The workshop will provide ITU stakeholders with an opportunity:
to learn about harmful interference situations affecting satellite systems,
to review the ongoing regulatory and technical initiatives and strategies for solving the issue, and
to share reports on practices and the impact those measures are having on ICT operational effectiveness and service.
Source – Leuvan Centre for Global Governance Studies:
CALL FOR PAPERS
Commercial Use of Space & Space Tourism:
Legal and Policy Aspects
The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (GGS), Centre of Excellence of KU Leuven invites papers on legal and policy aspects of the commercial use of space and space tourism for a conference in Leuven on 12-13 September 2013. The conference is organised with the kind support of the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO Vlaanderen).
In particular, the conference is intended to foster the debate on the compatibility of the existing space legal framework with new and emerging commercial space activities, including space tourism. It will attempt to draw inspiration for the future evolution of international space law from the emerging legal, regulatory and policy practice surrounding commercial space activities, including space tourism. This practice takes the form of national space laws, licensing and registration requirements, insurance and liability rules, air- and space traffic management etc. In addition to paper presentations by a number of invited speakers, the organisers wish to offer young and emerging scholars from around the world the opportunity to actively participate in this conference. They are therefore inviting abstracts on legal aspects of the commercial use of outer space, including space tourism, especially on the following focal subjects:
1. Mapping Commercial Space Activities
2. Legal and policy experiences related to commercial space activities (e.g. practitioners’ accounts of setting up commercial space activities)
3. International law and commercial space activities (e.g. the status of spaceflight participants under the astronaut agreement; suborbital space activities under the space legal framework etc.)
4. National legal and policy aspects of commercial space activities (e.g. comparing national space laws: does a level playing field for commercial space activities exist?)
5. National & international regulatory aspects of commercial space activities (e.g. space traffic management; international trade restrictions etc.)
6. Liability, insurance and financing of commercial space activities
7. International fora for governance of commercial space activities
8. European legal and policy responses to commercial space activities
A paper abstract (150-300 words) should be submitted by 31 May 2013. The organizers will get back to the author by 15 June 2013. Draft papers, with a target length of 5000 – 6000 words should be submitted by 1 September 2013.
Selected papers may feed into the publication of an edited volume.
Please note that, as financial means are limited, the organizers are able to provide financial assistance only to a limited extent. These means will be specifically directed at young scholars otherwise lacking the financial means to participate in international conferences. Please contact the organizers to discuss what options are available.
Paper abstracts should be sent to:
Further information about the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies is available at:
Source – Stimson Center:
U.S. – China Space Cooperation
Date Thursday, May 2, 2013
Time 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Location 1111 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036
Please join us for a luncheon meeting at the Stimson Center on Thursday, May 2nd to consider ways to increase US-China space cooperation. We will first hear from John Logsdon, author of John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon. The working title of John’s book-in-progress is Retreat from the Moon: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program. John will take us down memory lane to the Apollo-Soyuz docking — an initiative that was strongly resisted but which, in hindsight, seems valuable.
Then we will hear from a panel of speakers who will look to the future and what it might hold for US-China space cooperation. Our speakers will be Joan Johnson-Freese of the Naval War College, author of Space as a Strategic Asset; James Clay Moltz of the Naval Postgraduate School, author of Asia’s Space Race and The Politics of Space Security; and Brian Weeden, Technical Advisor at the Secure World Foundation.
We will convene at 12:30 at Stimson on May 2nd. We are located at 1111 19th St., NW. Our conference facilities are on the 12th floor. You may contact Julia Thompson (email@example.com) for general inquiries. Space is limited.
Williams College of Law will host a Space Law Seminar on April 18, 2013. Speakers will include Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz and Prof. Henry Herztfeld.
Source – Opinio Juris:
And so it is fitting that the American Society of International Law has started a new Space Law Interest Group (Space IG). Brian Israel, of the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, and I are currently the Space IG’s co-chairs. We look forward to working on the group’s programs for this next year. (We should note that the person who most recently sent in a suggestion that the ASIL should have such an interest group is actually a high school student member of the ASIL. Talk about the future of the legal profession!)
While the actual activities of the Space IG will be designed by the members, the founding conception is that it will serve as a forum, resource, and community for scholars and practitioners of the international law governing the use and exploration of outer space. And it is a community for ASIL Members to connect with others interested in these issues, and a bridge to other space law communities around the world.
More generally, the Space IG, along with the new International Law and Technology Interest Group, are part of the ASIL’s expanding programming on the relationship of society and technology. And there are many issues related to space and technology that warrant consideration by international lawyers.
Source – Georgetown Law:
THE SPACE LAW PANEL
When: Apr 9, 2013, 4pm-5pm
Where: Hotung 2000
Steven Mirmina (NASA, Senior Attorney, International Practice Group)
Laura Montgomery (FAA, Manager, Space Law Branch)
David Den Herder (SpaceX, Senior Counsel)
The the 52nd session of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee kicked off today in Vienna. Additionally, the afternoon included the IISL-ECSL Space Law Symposium which focused on the space assets protocol of the Cape Town Convention.
Source – AIAA:
Call for Papers
Dates to Remember
Abstract Submission Open: 1 April 2013
Abstract Submission Close: 5 June 2013
Author Notification Letters Sent: 13 August 2013
Manuscript Open: 1 November 2013
Manuscript Deadline: 12 December 2013
SciTech 2014 is the single most important event for anyone involved in aerospace research and development.
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The technical program of the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech2014) comprises the legacy AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and all of its constituent parts; the legacy Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and its traditionally co-located conferences; as well as the legacy Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference and its traditionally co-located conferences. The Forum technical program is being organized under two broad segments: Aerospace Sciences, and Aerospace Design and Structures.
This Call for Papers is organized consistent with the legacy events that now comprise the SciTech2014 Forum. Click on the links below to go directly to the Call for Papers for the Conference or technical discipline area of interest to you:
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Society and Aerospace Technology
The Society and Aerospace Technology Technical Committee examines societal benefits of aerospace technologies as well as the relationship between aerospace and society, culture, and the arts. Abstracts are solicited that address these and related issues. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
Aerospace and Public Safety
Social Impacts of Aerospace Technology and their Spin-Offs
Influences of Aerospace Technology on Popular Culture (e.g., Artwork, Literature, Movies, Television, and Music)
Utilization of Aerospace Assets to Address Social Problems
Space Medical Technology and Medical Astrosociology
Group Dynamics and Societal Institutions in Isolated Communities (Space Settlements, Antarctica, etc.)
Discussion of Aerospace Topics and Programs from the Perspective of Disciplines such as Psychology, Social Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science
Sociology and Social Psychology of Aerospace Teams
United States or International Aerospace Policy-Making and its Social Consequences
Today and tomorrow teams from the United States and Canada will gather at Georgetown University Law School to argue the case of Case concerning the Operation of a Lunar Station (Lydios v. Endymion) in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition held by the IISL. Res Communis wishes luck to all the teams competing!!
Source – RMLNLU:
ABOUT THE ESSAY COMPETITION
The First RMLNLU International Legal Essay Competition will be the inaugural edition of the flagship essay competition of the University. The International Legal Essay Competition is open for students who are enrolled in LL.B. or equivalent courses all over the world. The theme for this year’s essay competition is Law of Outer Space. The essay competition will have three sub-topics from the field of Space law.
The importance of Law of Outer Space was realised when USSR launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik-1 into space in 1957. The event was a historic one, not only in terms of technology but also in terms of law. The launch not only opened up a whole new avenue to explore but also laid down the foundations of a new field of international law – the law of outer space. The United Nations Committee for Peaceful Use of Outer Space was formed in 1959 to ensure peaceful and sustainable use of outer space and its resources. The foundations of space law were laid down in the form of Outer Space Treaty in 1967. The treaty declared outer space as a province of all mankind. However, the 1969 moon landing necessitated for the jurists of space law to find new terminologies to address the concerns regarding exploitation of moon’s resources. The concept of common heritage of mankind was evolved.
Since then, the developments in the field of Outer Space have undergone constant change and evolution to suit the revolutionary developments in the technology. However, the base remains the same. The principles of public international law remain the core of law of outer space. And the most important principle, no matter whether we land on mars or on moon, is that outer space is above the claim of sovereignty. However, the growth of commercial activities in space has changed the way space activities were looked at. From being a government operated program to government controlled commercial programs, the change is visible. It is right time to assess the need of municipal legislation to regulate the commercial activities in space.
Chandrayan-1, the flagship moon project of India successfully established India as one of the prominent space faring nations. The project of Chandrayaan-2 is in progress and ISRO is constantly trying to explore and find new secrets of the mysterious outer space. With the constant development of space technologies, the focus should be on development of municipal space legislation to protect the environment of outer space.
For the inaugural edition, the theme has sub themes ranging from dispute resolution in the outer space to growing commercial activities in space. This essay competition is being organized to provide students with an opportunity for discourse and presentation of their ideas, opinions and suggestions in this emerging field.