22 March 2010. Today, ESPI Fellows participated as invited speakers at two events: the prestigious IISL/ECSL Symposium at the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee in Vienna and a high-level security conference in London.
In the afternoon of the first session day of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS, Vienna), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) traditionally organise a symposium open for the delegations of the 69 member States of the Committee. These events provide the delegations with the opportunity to learn about the most recent academic and practical developments in space law. The symposia thus become an important platform for addressing the global decision-makers in the field of regulating space activities. This year’s symposium dealt with national space legislation (programme download here). ESPI Resident Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi had been invited to speak at this event and to present the results of the study on the economic and policy aspects of national space legislation (presentation download here, study download here), which has already received broad attention during the past months. This presentation at the UNCOPUOS has served to spread the findings of this study to the wider international audience.
ESPI’s Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi (fourth from right) on the panel
with the Presidents of IISL and ECSL, the Chairpersons of the UNCOPUOS
Legal Subcommittee and its Working Group on National Space Legislation and the other speakers
A symposium on “Space and Security”, jointly sponsored by EADS Astrium and Logica, took place in London with participation of distinguished professionals in the field from Europe and the U.S. The goal of the gathering was to assess the United Kingdom’s policy in the area of space and security from European and global perspectives (the programme can be accessed here). ESPI Resident Fellow, Jana Robinson, was invited to provide a European outlook on the issue and participated in roundtable 2 dealing with Space Surveillance. In her introductory remarks, the link between Space Situational Awareness and Transparency and Confidence Building Measures was addressed. The role of Space Situational Awareness in the context of future approaches to regulating space operations in the framework of the EU Draft Code of Conduct and Space Traffic Management was likewise explained (her presentation can be downloaded here). The event participants included leading experts from the UK defence establishment, including Air Chief Marshal Sir Joe French and others.
ESPI's Jana Robinson addressing the audience with other panel speakers
from left: John Sheldon, Richard Peckham, Martin Littlehales