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    IAC-19 — 70th International Astronautical Congress

    E7. IISL COLLOQUIUM ON THE LAW OF OUTER SPACE

    The 2019 IISL Colloquium focuses on discussion of the cutting-edge issues related to laws and regulations applicable to space activities. It reviews topics ranging from dispute settlement in space law in the light of rapidly developing commercial and private space activities; the enforcement of national space legislation; national and international regulatory authorities for future space mining activities; legal challenges posed by mega constellations and microsatellites; the remediation of space debris, as well as the traditional session dedicated to contributions from young scholars, and the interactive poster session.

    Coordinator

    Lesley Jane Smith
    Leuphana University of Lüneburg/Weber-Steinhaus & SmithGermany

    Catherine Doldirina
    International Institute of Space Law (IISL)Italy

    Diane Howard
    International Institute of Space Law (IISL)United States

    E7.1. Dr. Jasentuliyana Keynote lecture by a leading space law expert and IISL Young Scholars session

    This session is open for abstracts and papers from space lawyers under 35 years old. It welcomes contributions on any topics related to space law. It also features a regular, annual keynote presentation by a leading space law expert. In 2019, the invited speaker is Prof. Setsuko Aoki from Japan.

    Co-Chair

    Kai-Uwe Schrogl
    European Space Agency (ESA)France

    Sumara Thompson-King
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)United States

    E7.2. Dispute Settlement in Space Law: Are We Ready for the Commercial Challenge?

    The session seeks input on the legal challenges posed by potential disputes arising from space activities of any kind, be these exploitation of near-Earth space, the quest for space exploration and settlement, or terrestrial implications of ever increasing and varied space activities. It invites authors to submit abstracts focussing on the analysis and discussion of issues related to extra-territorial nature of space activities, their international or transboundary character, the necessity to effectively adjudicate potential disputes, available or required mechanisms for procedures and institutions, as well as effective enforcement of such decisions.

    Co-Chair

    Chuck Dickey
    United States

    Gerardine Goh
    Iran-United States Claims TribunalSingapore, Republic of

    Rapporteur

    Gina Petrovici
    ECSLGermany

    E7.3. National Space Legislation – Harmonisation and Enforcement

    National space law is a constitutive element of the overall framework of space law. It details the principles and general norms of space law, ensuring their applicability and enforcement at the national level. Through this, they become directly applicable to natural and legal persons falling within the jurisdiction of a particular state. In the recent course of time, many countries have adopted national legislation relating to space activities. This session invites authors to submit papers with a particular focus on how emerging national space legislation is aligned with the principles of international space law. This includes considerations of whether differences in national space law provisions are of particular importance to ensure the coherent enforcement of space law, and how differences in national approaches might affect execution of space activities, both nationally and internationally. It also seeks contributions that analyse the enforcement of provisions under national space law, particularly in the light of international character of many space activities involving cooperation of organisations from various countries, as well as the ongoing commercialisation of space activities

    Co-Chair

    Ranjana Kaul
    Dua AssociatesIndia

    Frans von der Dunk
    University of Nebraska-LincolnThe Netherlands

    Rapporteur

    Nina-Louisa Remuss
    European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)Austria

    E7.4. Space Traffic Management: From Space Situational Awareness and Space Surveillance and Tracking to developing Rules of the Road

    Space is becoming a congested environment and the ever increasing amount of active space objects and space debris are already having implications on the safety and sustainability of future space activities. Developing effective mechanisms that will allow safe navigation in outer space is indispensable for the successful conduct of space activities in the future. This session welcomes contributions that look into the legal aspects of setting up an effective regulatory body or mechanism tasked with establishing, maintaining and enforcing space traffic management for outer space activities. The insights and analysis of the content of the rules of the road, the institutional structure, national and international responsibilities, as well as the contribution from the commercial space industry will be a basis for an interesting and useful discussion and exchange of views.

    Co-Chair

    Diane Howard
    International Institute of Space Law (IISL)United States

    Alexander Soucek
    Austrian Space ForumAustria

    Rapporteur

    Olga Stelmakh-Drescher
    International Institute of Space CommerceUnited States

    E7.5. Space Mining: National Authority? International Authority? Both?

    Space mining is a hot topic for both technical and legal discussions. While space mining is not yet feasible and the international law principles relating to its execution are a subject in themselves for debate, national legislation is being adopted to address the issues, while international discussions relating to the coordination, authorisation and other relevant issues applicable to space mining activities are taking place in parallel. This session focuses on legal and institutional aspects of establishing a regulatory regime for space mining. It invites authors to contribute to the discussion by analysing the international and national dimensions of authorising space mining activities, and by bringing forward ideas regarding the hierarchy between the national and international levels, or the need for greater synergy. Insights as to the mechanisms of allocating property rights in extracting resources in compliance with the existing principles of international space law are also welcome.

    Co-Chair

    Ulrike M. Bohlmann
    ESAFrance

    Fabio Tronchetti
    Beihang University (BUAA)China

    Rapporteur

    Thomas Cheney
    Northumbria UniversityUnited Kingdom

    E7.6-E3.5. 34th IAA / IISL Scientific-Legal Roundtable: Mega Constellations and Microsatellites: challenges, including registration and liability

    The 2019 Round Table will focus on the issues of mega constellations and microsatellites from both a legal and a technical perspective. The invited experts will share the analysis of the most pertinent issues, as well as views on how to approach this emerging trend in space activities successfully. There is a need to secure compliance with the principles of international space law, national regulatory regimes, as well as requirements for safe and sustainable conduct. Invited speakers (tbc): Ryan Noble (OneWeb), Jan Moriba (University of Austin), Stewart Eves (UK), Luca Rossettini (D-Orbit)

    Co-Chair

    Steven Mirmina
    NASA HeadquartersUnited States

    Brian Havel
    McGill UniveristyCanada

    Rapporteur

    Marc Haese
    DLR, German Aerospace CenterGermany

    Nicola Rohner-Willsch
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)Germany

    E7.7. Remediation of Space Debris: A Fundamental Legal Challenge?

    Space Debris Remediation is a necessary measure to be set-up and effectively enforced to ensure that space activities can be safely and sustainably conducted mid- and long-term. This understanding is shared by the international community. However, so far, the political will of the stakeholders involved resulted only in non-binding “soft law” adopted on the international level. This session invites authors to submit papers bringing forward and elaborating the discussion of soft law vs hard law regulatory mechanisms, and of their effectiveness in particular within the area of space debris remediation. Contributions analysing the value and the ways of adopting and enforcing internationally uniform standards regarding space debris remediation are also welcome. Invited speaker Dr. Catherine Doldirina

    Co-Chair

    Philip De Man
    Catholic University of LouvainBelgium

    Lesley Jane Smith
    Leuphana University of Lüneburg/Weber-Steinhaus & SmithGermany

    Rapporteur

    Kamlesh Brocard
    Swiss Space Office (SSO)Switzerland

    E7.IP. Interactive Presentations - IISL COLLOQUIUM ON THE LAW OF OUTER SPACE

    The IP session is not restricted to any specific topic related to space law and invites authors to contribute presentations on any interesting, relevant and current space law issues.

    Co-Chair

    Lesley Jane Smith
    Leuphana University of Lüneburg/Weber-Steinhaus & SmithGermany

    Catherine Doldirina
    International Institute of Space Law (IISL)Italy