10 September 2015.UNIDIR arranged the Space Security 2015 Conference ‘Underpinning Foundations of Space Security’ in Geneva on 24-25 August. The ESPI Director, Peter Hulsroj, made the keynote speech ‘The Underpinning of Space Security in General International Law’ to a very well attended conference, with many diplomatic representatives.
Mr. Hulsroj’s presentation made the point that space lawyers tend to seek the solutions to space law issues almost exclusively in the 5 space treaties. Yet general international law is a rich source also for resolving space law questions, and hence more attention should be given to linking the space law domain and general international law. This is true for space security as well, with general international law providing a strong foundation which not only underpin specific space security norms, but also supplement these to an extent not always fully acknowledged.