kopie von washington_may_2010_2.jpg 11 May 2010. The First Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law on “Space Law & Policy 2010” was convened in Washington, DC. ESPI co-sponsored the event and contributed to a rich discussion that mainly focused on the developments in the U.S., but also provided European and trans-Atlantic perspectives.

The Symposium examined the scope of space regulations and their impact on the U.S. civil, commercial, and government activities (programme can be downloaded here). The event the event, held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Building and attended by more than 100 persons, emphasised the importance of addressing the current space law issues by U.S. policy-makers. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESPI Director, delivered welcoming remarks and served as a speaker on panel 2. He offered a European view on the status of international legal developments and the need for closer European-U.S. cooperation in shaping future space law. Jana Robinson, ESPI Resident Fellow, also participated in the Symposium.









Panel and audience








Paticipating in the conference (from left): Ken Hodgkins (Director, U.S. Department of State),
Jean-Michel Contant (Secretary General, International Academy of Astronautics),
Amb. Ciro Arevalo Yepes (Chairman, United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space), Jana Robinson and Kai-Uwe Schrogl

This Symposium was the first joint trans-Atlantic event of its kind assessing issues pertaining to space law and space policy. It was co-organised by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), which both celebrate their 50th anniversaries this year. IAA and IISL have also forged a close partnership with ESPI. A few weeks ago the IAA, IISL, ISPRS and ESPI held a joint conference on regulatory aspects of satellite Earth observation in Vienna (related webnews here). As a co-sponsor of the Washington, DC symposium, together with SWF (the main Local organiser) and Arianespace (a member institution of ESPI), the Institute expands its effort to intensify the trans-Atlantic dialogue. This ESPI initiative is also evidenced by a study presentation in Washington DC in November 2009 (respective webnews here), as well as a conference on Space Security and Space Tourism, co-organised with the University of Nebraska’s College of Law last week (related webnews here).

- Programme

Related webnews:
- 7 May 2010. ESPI explores trans-Atlantic perspectives on space security together with UNL
- 9 April 2010. ESPI hosts conference on regulatory issues in Earth observation
- 19 November 2009. ESPI Director testifies before U.S. House of Representatives
- 17 November 2009. ESPI holds its first study presentation in Washington, D.C.

- ISPRS/ESPI/IAA/IISL Conference "Current legal issues for satellite Earth observation", 8-9 April 2010




photo credit: ESPI

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