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Source – London Institute of Space Policy and Law:



20 – 22 MAY 2014
ISPL is pleased to announce that enrolment is now open for the 2014 Space Law Course.

ISPL is the only UK institution focusing on space policy and law, and one of a handful worldwide.
We provide participants with the knowledge to assess and to work with the existing space policies
and regulatory framework, and to be prepared for future changes.
The Course will comprise lectures and interactive case studies. Participants will have access to the
IALS Law Library during the course. Those considering a post-graduate degree at ISPL will also
be able to informally discuss their interest with the Director.

• The space environment and space technology
• Orbits, their characteristics and management, and types of spacecraft
• Spectrum management
• The law governing space activities: principles & sources of space law, including
conventions and treaties, national law and policies
• Comparison between space law and other legal regimes: Antarctic, maritime and air law
• Peaceful use of space, military activities & arms control
• Sovereignty
• Property rights
• Risk, liability and insurance
• The law as relates to specific applications: telecommunications and broadcasting, remote
sensing, scientific experiment and exploration, manned activities including the
International Space Station, unmanned activities
• Space policy and the institutions that implement them

The Course will be of interest to policy-makers, legal professionals, space sector executives and
engineers, officials of government and international bodies, academics and post-graduate degree

The course is designed to be accessible to those in legal, technical or business training or
employment. Previous knowledge of law or policy is not required. It will be particularly
appropriate for those working in the space sector who wish to increase their knowledge of the
current legal and policy framework, in order to take full advantage of the available opportunities
and to create new ones.

The Course will be valuable for a variety of individuals.
• Satellite manufacturing or operation team members seeking an understanding of legal
issues relating to design, manufacture or provision of space products and services
• Law, business and technology post-graduate students interested in the field
• Insurers and executives who want the tools to evaluate legal aspects of risk and liability
• Managers and team leaders of space operations who wish to better understand the legal
and policy issues they encounter, and to be able to plan more proactively
• IGO and space agency team members concerned with national and international issues
arising from activities in space, such as earth observation, and their regulation
• Lawyers and jurists whose practice brings them into contact with space law through legal
evidence from satellites, contractual matters or international commerce

Note: Undergraduates please register for our short course in space law later this year.
The course qualifies for 15 hours CPD for Solicitors (SRA) and for Barristers. Other
professionals: please contact your respective professional bodies about whether the course will
qualify for CPD.

The course will be limited to 20 participants, and will be taught by the Director and

Faculty of the Institute. A recommended reading list will be posted on the Teaching
page of our website, for those who wish to pursue the material in more depth.

Study sessions:

Tuesday 20 May 2014 9 – 12.30 13.45 – 17.15

Wednesday 21 May 9 – 12.30 13.45 – 17.15

Thursday 22 May 9 – 12.30

There will be breaks with refreshments at mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
The Lex Café on the premises provides a variety of light food, and there are a number of
dining options in the area for lunch.

Government, Teachers & Academics,
Current post-graduate candidates*, £ 525
Charity and IGO employees
All others £ 1,050

Payment is accepted only in UK Sterling.
* Proof of full-time enrolment at an accredited university is required.

Please email to request a reservation. Put “Space Law
Course” in the subject line, and be sure to include in the message your full name,
position, institutional affiliation (including department) and telephone number.

Your place will be confirmed when payment is received, on a 1st
Although we make every effort to accommodate institutional and corporate payment
procedures, we cannot guarantee to hold a place without payment. Please contact us if
you have a difficulty or require an invoice. Please be aware that enrolment is very

ISPL provides in-house courses to corporate, legal and government bodies in addition to
our regular seminars, workshops and courses. Please contact
to discuss your requirements.

We also offer a one-day lecture course for undergraduate students currently enrolled in
academic institutions. It will cover the basic elements of space law. There will be one
short case study with student interaction.

Postgraduate candidates may choose to attend either course. Details of the one-day
course will be posted on our website when it is scheduled. Those who would like early
notification should contact


FSU wins Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition North American Rounds

On March 29, 2014 the final round of the North American Region’s Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition was held. Florida State University came in first, and McGill University came in second. Other awards include:

  • Best Brief: Georgetown University
  • Best Oralist: Jim Burleson, Florida State University
  • Best New Team: William and Mary

Congrats to all the teams for great job! This judge was impressed with your hard work.

Event: 2014 Air & Space Law Symposium

Source – Cal Western:

2014 Air & Space Law Symposium
Start: March 14, 2014 12:00 PM

California Western, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and the Air Law Institute invite you to attend:

The 2014 Air & Space Law Symposium

WHAT: The first-ever Air & Space Law Symposium brings together aerospace industry leaders, practicing air and space attorneys, and legal scholars to address current and emerging issues in the field. Panels will introduce touchstones of air and space law, then explore the integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system, and the transition to commercial space operations.

To learn more about the symposium and for a schedule of events, click here.

WHEN: Friday, March 14, 2014 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: California Western School of Law, 350 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101

REGISTRATION: To register, please visit the Air Law Institute’s website.

EVENT: Space Policy and History Forum #11

Source – Roger Launius’s Blog:

Space Exploration in Russia: The Latest Status and Future Prospects
Space Policy and History Forum #11

by Anatoly Zak

Behind recent headlines about blunders and failures, the Russian space program is slowly recovering from its post-Soviet crisis. In the past few years, several important scientific and exploration projects in Russia reached the launch pad and many more are coming close to fruition. The Russian-European cooperation in planetary research also reached a new level this year with an agreement on the ExoMars project and several astrophysics spacecraft are in the pipeline. Last but not least, the Russian space agency is currently pursuing a development of a new-generation manned spacecraft capable of reaching lunar orbit and Lagrange points and promises to start the work on the super-heavy launch vehicle in the immediate future. The presentation will outline and illustrate the very latest status of most significant space developments in the country based on newly published Russia in Space, The Past Explained, The Future Explored.

State Department: The U.S. Department of State Hosts the International Space Exploration Forum

Source – U.S. State Department:

The U.S. Department of State Hosts the International Space Exploration Forum

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 7, 2014
The U.S. Department of State will host the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF), the first-ever ministerial-level meeting to build political support for global cooperation in space exploration, in Washington D.C. on January 9, 2014. ISEF will bring together Ministers and high-level officials from approximately thirty-five space-faring countries to talk about the opportunities and challenges they share. It will feature high-level, policy discussions about the future of space exploration, developments in robotic space exploration, extending humanity’s reach beyond low-Earth orbit, and the importance of international cooperation.

The opening session, which will welcome ISEF participants, will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the U.S. Department of State. The opening session will include remarks from Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology John P. Holdren. Press will have the opportunity to record remarks and take photographs.

The opening session is open to the press from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Press may begin arriving at 8:05 a.m. at the 23rd Street entrance of the State Department. Final access time for press: 8:20 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

Media representatives who wish to attend the public session should RSVP to Christopher Rich, OES Public Affairs Officer, at (202) 647-2061or

Event: The Ninth Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference

Registration is now open for the The Ninth Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference:

The Ninth Annual Ilan Ramon
International Space Conference
29-30 January, 2014
IAF Center, Herzliya

The Ninth Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference held in remembrance of the space shuttle Columbia mission STS-107 to be held on January, 29th-30th 2014.
Partners to the conference are the Ramon family,the Fisher Institute for Air & Space Strategic Studies with the Ministry of Science Technology and Space. The conference is under the patronage of the President of the State of Israel, the honorable Mr. Shimon Peres.
Subject matters such as Space and technology, innovations in Space technology, entrepreneurship, Space and defense are amid those to be addressed at the conference.
Among the guests who have already confirmed their attendance will be senior officials from various Space agencies from around the world, the Vice Commander of the USAF Space Command, VP from Lockheed Martin, CTO of Telespazio, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, and many others.
Participants at the conference are the Minister of Science, Technology and Space, ML Yaakov Perry, Heads of the leading local defense aeronautics and Space industries, representatives of international Space industries, senior officers of the IDF and the IAF, the Israeli scientific-technological elite in Space and aeronautics and their counterparts from around the world, diplomats and air attaches, guests from abroad as well as the next scientific generation in academia and research, outstanding Science students and high school pupils, and many more.
The Israel Space Agency, the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space are looking forward to seeing you amongst our guests.

IISL Announcements

Source – IISL:

Dear IISL Member,

We wanted to send a quick reminder of two items.

The nominations for IISL awards are currently open. The deadline is 15 January 2014. Information on the nomination process can be found here: .

The deadline for abstract submissions to the International Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, which will be held during the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, is 25 February 2014. The Colloquium sessions are E7.1-7 More information is available at .

Happy New Year!

Gabrynowicz Awarded Emerita Status

Source – Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz:

Joanne Irene GabrynowiczGabrynowicz Awarded Emerita Status

In recognition of her contributions to space law and the University of Mississippi School of Law, Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz has assumed emerita status. The space law archive established by Prof. Gabrynowicz will be named for her. The Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz Space Law Archive houses the collections of the late Andrew G. Haley, Eilene M. Galloway and Stephen Gorove.

Contact information for Prof. Gabrynowicz is available at