State Department on Thai Airport Seizures

November 29, 2008 at 8:44 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the State Department:

Washington, DC
November 28, 2008

Thailand: U.S. Calls for End to Airport Seizures

The United States is deeply concerned about the actions of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in seizing Bangkok’s international and domestic airports, preventing the free movement of people and goods. While we respect the right to freedom of expression, seizing an airport is not an appropriate means of protest. We urge the PAD to walk away from the airports peacefully. We hope that this situation can be resolved without violence and in accordance with the law.


Released on November 28, 2008

Disasters Charter Activation: Floods in Brazil

November 28, 2008 at 11:51 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

A new Disasters Charter Activation:

Flood in Brazil

Type of Event: Flood
Location of Event: Santa Catarina, Brazil
Date of Charter Activation: 27/11/2008
Charter Requestor: CONAE
Project Management: INPE

Description of Event
Heavy rainfall caused severe flooding and landslides in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina over the last two months. The number of deaths rose to 84 on Tuesday 25 November. The flooding has left more than 20,000 people homeless.

Czech Senate Approves Missile Defense Treaties

November 28, 2008 at 11:44 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the AP:

Czech Senate approves US missile defense base

By KAREL JANICEK – 23 hours ago

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — The upper chamber of the Czech Parliament on Thursday approved a deal with Washington to accept a U.S. missile defense installation.

The deal still needs approval by the lower chamber, where the vote is expected to be close because the governing coalition has too few seats to guarantee passage. That vote is not expected before the end of the year.

The proposed U.S. missile defense system calls for a tracking radar in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptor missiles in Poland as part of a shield designed to protect the region from possible attacks from Iran.

The Senate approved both treaties involved in the deal — the main bilateral treaty allowing the United States to build a radar base near Prague and the second, “complementary,” treaty that deals with the legal status of U.S. soldiers to be deployed at the base. . . . [Full Story]

2009 Bird Strike North America Conference

November 26, 2008 at 9:29 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the FAA:

2009 Bird Strike North America Conference

11th Joint Meeting of Bird Strike Committee USA & Canada

September 14 – 17, 2009

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Victoria, British Columbia Canada

this year – We are going GREEN!

Promotion of this Conference will be done electronically.

Updated Conference information will be sent by e-mail and posted on the website.


Call for Presenters/Posters

Presenters and Posters will be selected based on the quality of work or research related to biological, engineering, environmental, training or policy issues associated with wildlife, aircraft and airports. The Conference Program Committee will review the abstracts and set the program components.

How to Submit

Read through the presenter guidelines and complete the Presenter/Paper submission form.

This information is available on the website at


Deadline for Submission: March 16, 2009

Notification of Acceptance: April 30, 2009

Any Questions?

Please contact Vanessa Ong, Conference Coordinator by phone at (604) 276-7471 or by email at

We are looking forward to an exciting 2009 Bird Strike North America Conference. See you in Victoria!

Vanessa Ong

Conference & Event Coordinator

Pacific Northwest Planners

250-3651 Moncton Street

Richmond, BC

Canada V7E 3A5

Ph: 604-276-7471

Fax: 604-276-9142



ESA Ministers Conclude Council Meeting

November 26, 2008 at 9:11 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From ESA:

European Ministers inject new impetus to ensure space’s role as a key asset in facing global challenges

26 November 2008
ESA PR 47-2008. The Ministers in charge of space activities in the European Space Agency’s 18 Member States and Canada today concluded a successful two-day Council meeting in The Hague, agreeing to undertake new initiatives in several fields and endorsing the next phases of a set of ongoing programmes.

Today’s decisions are a further step towards giving Europe the means to respond to global challenges. In keeping with the European Space Policy, designed in cooperation with the European Commission, the measures will further strengthen Europe’s role in the development and exploitation of space applications serving public policy objectives and the needs of European citizens and enterprises.

ESA Council at Ministerial Level, The Hague, November 2008
These decisions have particular relevance at the present time, showing as they do Europe’s determination to invest in space as a key sector providing for innovation, economic growth, strategic independence and the preparation of the future.

Recognising that space is a strategic asset and that it is of fundamental importance for the independence, security and prosperity of Europe, the Ministers also adopted four Resolutions:

* first, “The role of Space in delivering Europe’s global objectives”, covering the political and programmatic highlights of the Council;
* second, a resolution establishing the Level of Resources for the Agency to cater for Space Science programmes and basic activities in the period 2009-2013;
* third, the renewal of the contribution of ESA Member States to the running costs of the Guiana Space Centre – Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana (South America); and
* fourth, a resolution outlining the future evolution of the Agency, spanning its financial management reform, decision-making processes, industrial and procurement policies and the further development of site infrastructures for ESA programmes.

Decisions on programmes/activities

On the programmatic side, the Ministers took decisions concerning the full range of the Agency’s mandatory and optional programmes:

The decisions taken concern the following:

a) The Agency’s mandatory activities:

* Funding of the Level of Resources for 2009-2013 covering the Scientific Programme and basic activities.

b) Continuation of ongoing optional programmes and start of new programmes:

* Subscriptions for the Launcher programmes, including funding of the Guiana Space Centre, Ariane 5 and Vega accompaniment technology programmes, Ariane 5 evolution and the future launchers preparatory programme.

* Subscriptions for the Earth Observation activities, including the second segment of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security Space Component programme, the Meteosat 3rd generation development programme and a novel Climate Change Initiative on the provision of essential climate variables.

* Subscriptions for the human spaceflight, microgravity and human exploration programmes including exploitation and evolution of the International Space Station, on-board research in life and physical sciences and definition studies on the evolution of a returnable transfer vehicle.

* Subscriptions to robotic exploration programmes (the ExoMars programme and preparatory activities on future Mars robotic exploration).

* Subscriptions for Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES), focusing on technologies, applications and mission demonstrations and including preparatory work for a European Data Relay System (EDRS), an air traffic management satellite system (Iris) and Integrated Application Promotion combining usage of telecommunications, Earth observation and navigation satellite systems with terrestrial information and communications systems.

* Subscriptions for the programme on the evolution of the European Global Navigation Satellite System, to continue the improvement of Galileo.

* Subscription to the start of a Space Situational Awareness programme to provide the information to help protect European space systems against space debris and the influence of adverse space weather.

* Subscription to the continuation of the General Support Technology programme to provide in a timely way technologies for a wide range of new space programmes.

Space is an enabling tool which gives European decision-makers the ability to respond to critical challenges such as global climate change and global security. It brings a significant contribution to Europe’s growth and employment; it provides indispensable enabling technologies and services for the knowledge society; it increases the understanding of our planet and Universe; and it contributes towards European identity, cohesion and security, providing inspiration for future human potential and bringing young people into scientific and technical education.

Through this meeting the ESA Ministers have seized the opportunity to capitalise on the recent successes and achievements of Europe in space and to translate the political impetus into new programmes able to deliver knowledge, services and competitiveness and to shape ESA to assert itself as a global space agency, indispensable to the world in contributing to global policies.

A video of the press conference is available.

Practitioner and Industry Seminar: Recent Regulatory Developments in Satellite Services

November 25, 2008 at 10:49 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The London Institute of Space Policy and Law is hosting Practitioner and Industry Seminar: Recent Regulatory Developments in Satellite Services on on December 10, 2008 at the Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square in London. The event runs from 9:00 to 10:30:


9 TO 10.30 AM 10 DECEMBER 2008


9.00 – 9.15 Telecommunications landscape and regulatory environment.
Ian N Walden, Professor of Communications and Information Law, Queen Mary University of London, Advisory Council of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law

9.15 – 9.50 Review of the current S-band ESAP (European Selection and Authorisation Process), and its affect on the European satellite communications industry; the Revised Ofcom satellite procedures; and outline and progress of the EU communications reform process and its potential impact on satellite services.
Sa’id Mosteshar, Barrister, Director of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law

9.50 – 10.30 Backdoor regulation: Obligations to be imposed on all teleport and satellite operators under the European Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive in respect of non-EU content.
Tony Ballard, Partner at Harbottle & Lewis, Advisory Council of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law

CPD credit for 1.30 hours is available


Spain to Use GPS to Track Domestic Violence Offenders

November 25, 2008 at 9:50 am | Posted in Aerospace Law Interfaces | 1 Comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From Space Daily:

Spain to use GPS to track wife beaters

by Staff Writers
Madrid (AFP) Nov 21, 2008
The Spanish government agreed Friday to spend five million euros (6.3 million dollars) on GPS tracking devices to ensure that men accused of domestic violence comply with restraining orders.

Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa de la Vega said the devices, which will be monitored by police after a judge orders its use, would tighten control of men with a history of violence against their partners and save lives.

“Despite the progress that has been made, a lamentable and painful reality persists, which is of women who are murdered by their partners or ex-partners,” she told a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting. . . . [Full Story]

Journal of Space Law Article Available from the Stimson Center

November 25, 2008 at 9:20 am | Posted in Library, Space Law | Leave a comment

Journal of Space Lawby P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Journal of Space Law has teamed up with the Henry L. Stimson Center to make R. Cargill Hall’s “The Evolution of U.S. National Security Space Policy and its Legal Foundations in the 20th Century” (33 Journal of Space Law 1-104) available online. Check it and the other resources available there out.

NigComSat-1 Insurance Issues

November 25, 2008 at 8:46 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From SatNews Daily:

November 25, 2008

Biting The Bullet Are NigComSat-1 Insurers

Insurers providing cover for NigComSat-1 satellite, which is now grounded in space, may pay as much as N17 billion in claims.

Nigeria’s NigcomSat 1 The satellite, built by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation at a cost of $340 million, became the first African geosynchronous communications satellite when it was launched in China on May 13, last year. It is operated by the Nigerian Space Agency (NASRDA) and NigComSat, which said it was put into “emergency mode operation in order to effect mitigation and repairs.” A consortium of international insurance firms — including SpaceCo of France, Munich Cray of Germany, and the People’s Insurance Company of China — reportedly provided cover for the satellite. Local insurance companies, which banded together as co-insurers, may have retained about 10 per cent of the risks and shared an equivalent percentage of the premium. They are now expected to contribute an equivalent percentage of the total claims. Sources said about five local insurance companies, comprising mainly of subsidiaries of banks, may be having problems raising the funds to pay. The shareholders’ funds of the banks amount to about N5 billion; so, as a source put it, “some insurance companies in the country which provided cover for NigComSat may be in trouble. International WAPIC Insurance, the local lead underwriter in 2007, was said to have been edged out during the renewal for the business in 2008. NICON was supposed to be the lead underwriter, but its efforts were sabotaged by other insurance companies owned by powerful organisations and individuals who saw a juicy deal without anticipating problems.

State Department: Fact Sheet – START Treaty

November 24, 2008 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Department of State released a fact sheet on the negotiations going on in relation to the replacement for the START Treaty:

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation
Washington, DC
November 21, 2008

[START Treaty]

In accordance with Paragraph 2 of Article XVII of the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START), on November 17, 2008, Representatives of the United States of America, The Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine met in Geneva, Switzerland to consider whether to extend the 1991 Treaty.

Therefore, the requirement of the Treaty to meet on the issue prior to December 5, 2008, is fulfilled. However, the Parties desire to point out that there was no Treaty requirement to make a decision to extend the Treaty at this meeting.

The United States of America, The Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine will continue to consider the issue and note that a decision on this issue can be made up until the date of expiration of the Treaty on December 5, 2009.

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