25 April 2017. The ORF Space Alert is a tri-monthly compendium of developments related to space activities and carries space news, information on primary sources statements as well as opinion pieces and commentaries written by officials, experts and scholars from the international space community. The Space Alerts are published by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), a leading Indian think-tank based in New Delhi, and are widely circulated amongst policymakers, academia, think tanks and the public.

Read more: ESPI Contributes to the ORF Space Alerts

21 April 2017. Recognizing the efforts, achievements and commitment towards the students, the University of Cape Town has awarded Dr Annette Froehlich the title "Honorary Adjunct Senior Lecturer". Since the creation of the Master of Space Studies at the University of Cape Town, Dr Froehlich has been visiting lecturer in the SpaceLab MPhil in the Space Studies Programme.

Read more: Dr Annette Froehlich appointed Honorary Adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of Cape Town...

31 March 2017. On 28 March 2017, ESPI hosted its traditional evening event at the margins of the Legal Subcommittee of UNCOPUOS. This year’s event was dedicated to the presentation of Harry Eyres´ book “Seeing Our Planet Whole: The Cultural and Ethical Implications of Earth Observation” (Springer, 2017), which came out of a collaboration with ESA and ESPI where he was a part –time Senior Fellow from 2013 to 2016.

Read more: ESPI Evening Event “Seeing Our Planet Whole: A Cultural and Ethical View of Earth Observation”

28 March 2017. At the 56th session of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee, Dr. Annette Froehlich presented the on-going project with the Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC), which is one of the five regional groups at the United Nations representing 17% of all UN members.

Read more: COPUOS 56th legal presentation on ESPI-GRULAC project

28 March 2017. On Monday, March 27th, ESPI was invited to present its report 62 on the “Governance of Galileo” to the GSA administrative board.

This presentation was given by Jean-Jacques Tortora, ESPI Director, and Serge Plattard, ESPI Senior resident fellow, in GSA premises in Prague, Czech Republic.

The support of the presentation can be consulted here.

24 March 2017. At its last meeting held in Vienna on March 22nd, ESPI Advisory Council unanimously elected Geneviève Fioraso, former French Minister in charge of Space, as its new chairperson in replacement of Herbert Allgeier.

Composition and CVs of members of ESPI Advisory Council can be found here.

Read more: Geneviève Fioraso elected as the new chair of ESPI Advisory Council

17 March 2017. On Friday 17 March 2017, ESPI’s Dr. Annette Froehlich and David Nader hosted representatives from Embassies and Permanent Missions from Latin American Countries based in Vienna to discuss the delimitation of outer space.

Read more: ESPI – GRULAC space meeting – Delimitation of Outer Space

16 March 2017. Over more than half a century of debate, no consensus regarding a legal structure delimiting outer space has been reached by the global space community. Persisting disagreement over the necessity of such a regulation should be considered in light of the expected rise of a number of initiatives targeting the lower layers of outer space. Download the brief here.

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