17 August 2010. During the current biennial conference of the International Law Association (ILA), the most prestigious and influential grouping of experts in international law, which currently takes place in The Hague, ESPI contributed recent study results to the work of the Association’s Committee on Space Law.

The International Law Association (website here) was founded in 1873. Its objectives are "the study, clarification and development of international law, both public and private, and the furtherance of international understanding and respect for international law". The ILA has consultative status as an international non-governmental organisation, with a number of the United Nations specialised agencies. Membership of the Association is spread among Branches throughout the world. The Association's objectives are pursued primarily through the work of its International Committees (where membership is upon appointment only), and the focal point of its activities is the series of Biennial Conferences. The Conferences, as the current one in The Hague, provide a forum for the comprehensive discussion and endorsement of the work of the Committees. 

The ILA Committee on Space Law, chaired by Maureen Williams (Argentina) and with Stephan Hobe (Germany) as the rapporteur, gets quoted with some frequency by international courts and tribunals, as well as in Reports of the UN International Law Commission and other bodies, which is a powerful indication for its successful work. For the current meeting, ESPI provided inputs through its Reports on national space legislation (Report 21 authored by Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi: “Economic and Policy Aspects of Space Regulations in Europe. Part 1: The Case of National Space Legislation – Finding the Way Between Common and Coordinated Action”; download here) and satellite Earth observation regulation (Report 25 edited by Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi, Rainer Sandau and Kai-Uwe Schrogl; publication forthcoming; link to the conference report here). These two ESPI publications answered to questions discussed in the two respective working groups of the ILA Space Law Committee. They were introduced by ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, who is an appointed member of this Committee since 2006.

Maureen Williams (Chairwoman ILA Committee on Sapce Law)
having a look at ESPI Report 21 with ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl

ESPI Resident Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi,
author and co-editor of the ESPI Reports presented to
ILA at a recent study presentation

The ESPI Report on "Economic and Policy Aspects of Space Regulations in Europe. Part 1: The Case of National Space Legislation – Finding the Way Between Common and Coordinated Action” has recently also been presented - at the occasion of a regional UN conference on space law capacity building - to the Chairman of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), Ahmad Talebzadeh.

Ahmad Talebzadeh (Chairman of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee)
with ESPI Report and Niklas Hedman (Chief of the Committee Services
and Research Section in the UN Office for Outer Space Affiars; right)
and Kai-Uwe Schrogl (left)



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photo credits: ILA, ESPI

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