20 May 2011. Issue 47 of the “ESPI Perspectives“ examines the status quo and the future of space law based on the outcome of the joint evening event, held at ESPI together with the Russian delegation to the UNCOPUOS on 4 April 2011.
This year the 50th anniversaries of the establishment of UNCOPUOS as a permanent body and its two Subcommittees are celebrated. To mark this occasion, the Russian delegation to the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee and ESPI have organised an evening event to discuss to recent and future development of space law, which provided the basis for this issue of the ESPI Perspectives series. In the last five decades, the space activity environment has changed significantly facing the challenges of an increased number of space active States and international organisations. Private entities as new actors seek further developed regulations considering the commercialisation and privatisation of some space activities. The question which consequently arises is whether the current legal regime effectively regulates the legal issues triggered by new developments in the space sector. The rising influence of other international space law forums and committees as well as the perspectives of operators and non-governmental actors have changed the environment of space law making. Against this backdrop, UNCOPUOS must re-define itself in order to ensure the coordinated development of space law in the future.
This issue is co-authored by ESPI Resident Fellow Mildred Trögeler, ESPI Research Intern Cenan Al-Ekabi and the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna Olga Mozolina.
The co-authors of the “ESPI Perspective” Mildred Trögeler (second from right) and Olga Mozolina (second from left)