IAC 2010: E7.5. Recent Developments in Space Law

October 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Blogcast, Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The final session of the 53rd Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space was held today in Prague. It was titled E7.5. Recent Developments in Space Law and chaired by Frans G. Von der Dunk, University of Nebraska, College of Law, Sylvia Ospina, S. Ospina & Associates.

The papers presented included:

IAC-10.E7.5.2
Outer Space and the Agenda for the 2011 World Radio Communication Conference
Carl Christol, University of Southern California, United States (Presented in Summary by Prof. Von der Dunk

IAC-10.E7.5.3
Recent Challenges Facing the Management of Radio Frequencies and Orbital Resources Used by Satellites
Maria Buzdugan, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, United States

IAC-10.E7.5.4
International Satellite Organizations: Their evolution from “ISOs” to “GSCs”, and the legal implications of the privatization /commercialization of space ctivities.
Sylvia Ospina, S. Ospina & Associates – Consultants, United States

IAC-10.E7.5.6
Sun, Sea, Sand … And Space: Launching Tourists Into Outer Space from the Dutch Caribbean
Frans G. Von der Dunk, University of Nebraska, College of Law, The Netherlands

IAC-10.E7.5.7
Safety and Liability Aspects of Solar Power Satellites
Ram S. Jakhu, Institute of Air and Space Law, Canada

IAC-10.E7.5.8
Space Procurement: A European Toolbox
Stephan Hobe, University of Cologne, Germany

IAC-10.E7.5.9
IS THE EU LEGAL REGIME OF REMOTE SENSING DATA PROTECTION FACILITATING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MARKET APPLICATIONS?
Catherine Doldirina, McGill University, Canada

IAC-10.E7.5.10
New developments in space technology: A regulatory roadmap for space start-up jurisdictions
Lesley Jane Smith, Leuphana University of Lüneburg/ Weber-Steinhaus & Smith, Germany

IAC-10.E7.5.11
Lost in Space? The Changing Nature of Australia’s Space Policy
Steven Freeland, University of Western Sydney, Australia

IAC-10.E7.5.12
The Progress of the Regulations-Making concerning Space Debris Mitigation in China
Haifeng Zhao, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

IAC-10.E7.5.13
CONSEQUENCES OF THE FRENCH SPACE LAW ON SPACE OPERATIONS ON CNES’ MISSION AS A SPACE AGENCY: THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST ISSUE
Philippe Clerc, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France

IAC-10.E7.5.15
The legal consequences of the U.S legislative implementation of the Liability Convention
Paul Larsen, Georgetown University Law Center, United States

These presentations started with three papers concerned communications satellites. Christol’s paper is forward looking towards the ITU’s 2011 World Radio Convention, Buzdugan discussed the ITU registration process and the Protostar case, and Ospina discussed the legal implications of privatizing international organizations that run communication satellites. Jahku’s paper followed on this theme of legal implications for specific types of systems by addressing legal issues associated with Solar Power Satellites.

The balance of the papers all examined specific national or regional regimes: von der Dunk examined the Dutch Carribean and its plans for commercial space tourism; Hobe’s paper addressed EU procurement rules; Doldirina also addressed EU law, but in relation to Data protection and Remote Sensing data; Freeland looked at Australia’s space policy; Zhao examined space debris from a Chinese perspective; Clerc addressed the French space regulations; and Larsen ended by examining the intersection of the American liability regime with the international one. Smith’s paper was interesting in that it addressed these sorts of regimes as they should be looked at in start up jurisdictions that are currently without space law or regulations.

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