27 November 2009. For the past two days, ESPI has been invited to provide for the policy making perspective in a conference on legal issues related to contracts in Bremen and on the process of drafting a national space law in Austria held in Vienna.
The conference “Contracting for Space. An Overview on Contract Practice in the European Sector” took place on 26 and 27 November in Bremen, Germany (programme download here). The conference was part of a European research initiative which analyses the legal framework for contracts in the European space sector. For two days high ranking practitioners and experts have gathered to collate best practices and design reliable legal solutions used in drafting and negotiating space project contracts. Speaking in the session on “Influences of the European Space Policy” ESPI Research Assistant Christophe Venet drew on “The impact of the European Space Policy in the European Space Industry” with an emphasis on the contribution of space to the economic crisis recovery and the challenges ahead for a European policy on space commerce (presentation download here). An article, based on this presentation will be published in the book emanating from this conference due in spring 2010 edited by Lesley Jane Smith (participant in the recent ESPI workshop "Space and Copenhagen") and Ingo Baumann who have also organised this conference.
ESPI's Christophe Venet presenting
On the same dates ESPI was also invited to give input at a conference organised by the European Centre for Space Law’s National Point of Contact in Austria at the University of Vienna. This conference was framed in the current efforts to draft national space legislation in Austria (programme download here). The good relationship between ESPI and NPOC Austria was reflected in the participation of ESPI in the two roundtables of the second day. After an evening event dedicated to the “International Cooperation in Outer Space from the European Perspective,” ESPI Project Manager Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi participated on a roundtable on National Space Law where she elaborated on the capacity of space laws to shape commercial space activities and the challenges ahead for Europe to build an appropriate regulatory framework for space in the light of the Lisbon Treaty (presentation download here). ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl served as moderator in the second roundtable which discussed the drafting of an Austrian Space Law. Through this, ESPI was in a position to provide insight and advice through Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi’s recent research for a practical case.
Panel with (from right): Peter Hulsroj (Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations, ESA), Christian Brünner (professor at Graz University and founder of the Austrian ECSL-NPOC), ESPI Project Manager Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi and Florian Hafner (University of Vienna). In the front left Irmgard Marboe (professor at the Univeristy of Vienna and head of the ECSL-NPOC) and right, the Legal Advisor in the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs Amb. Helmut Tichy.
Through this event, the ECSL-NPOC in Austria, which was built up by Christian Brünner (professor at the University in Graz) and is now led by Irmgard Marboe (professor at the University of Vienna), demonstrated its high competence and relevance for the Austrian space activities. Together with its subpoints (in Linz with professor Sigmar Stadlmeier and in Innsbruck and Salzburg), the NPOC is a particularly successful example for creating and maintaining an interested, lively and relevant community. ESPI has during the past two years participating in numerous events and will continue an intensive cooperation also in the future.