15 May 2009. The need for a uniform international legislation on Third Party Liability supporting the commercial perspectives of satellite navigation, in particular for Galileo, was the focus of this workshop, organised by ESPI and bringing together the foremost academic experts and the major actors involved in this field.
The commercial potential of Galileo and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) will only be implemented fully, when a reliable liability regime is put in place. But a uniform international legislation does not yet exist. ESPI’s workshop on “Policy Aspects of Third Party Liability in Satellite Navigation – Preparing a Roadmap for Europe” (programme here), which was held today, aimed at invigorating the international discussion on closing this gap.
Speakers and panellists at the workshop from left: Walter Vasselli, David Seité,
Alfredo Roma, Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi, Giedre Valentaite,
Caroline Mantl, Anna Masutti, Ulrich Magnus, Sergio Carbone, Thierry Herman and Kai-Uwe Schrogl.
The workshop had been initiated by Alfredo Roma, member of ESPI’s Advisory Council, who together with ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl co-chaired the event. The experts presentations were held by distinguished scholars in the field, as Ulrich Magnus (Max-Planck-Institute for International Private Law, Hamburg), Sergio Carbone (University of Genoa) and Anna Masutti (University of Bologna). In the panel discussion, representatives of the major actors involved in the issue, as the European Commission (David Seité and Giedre Valentaite), Eurocontrol (Caroline Mantl), ESA (Thierry Herman) and Finmeccanica (Walter Vasselli) presented and exchanged their positions and views. In the audience, the International Institute for the Unification of International Private Law (Unidroit) - one of the main addressees besides the European Commission – was represented by its Deputy Secretary General, Alessandra Zanobetti.
The results of this workshop will be published in summer as an “ESPI Report” edited by Alfredo Roma, Kai-Uwe Schrogl and ESPI Project Manager Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi.