November 23, 2010 at 11:16 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Centre for International Law at Singapore National University will host a seminar titled Fly Me to the Moon: Legal, Regulatory and Policy Challenges of Commercial Human Spaceflight. The seminar will be given by Dr. Gérardine Goh Escolar, Associate Legal Officer, International Court of Justice, The Hague, The Netherlands on 22 Dec 2010, Wed, 10.00AM – 11.30AM at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus, Block B, Level 3, Executive Seminar Room:

Market forecasts of the commercial human spaceflight industry place its net annual revenue in excess of USD$1 billion by 2020. In addition to longer-period sojourns to the International Space Station, many companies have initiated large-scale undertakings for commercial orbital and sub-orbital flights. The October 2010 opening of Spaceport America, the world’s first private spaceport, will reportedly allow daily space tourism flights to take place from mid-2011.

Various legal and regulatory issues arise in the wake of these developments. Legal challenges run the gamut of international and national regulatory issues, including the applicability of air and space law, environmental law, and principles of State responsibility. Further, crucial questions relating to spacecraft registration, jurisdiction, authorisation, safety and liability remain unanswered.

This seminar will examine the legal, regulatory and policy challenges in the context of a hypothetical commercial spaceflight and spaceport establishment operating in Singapore.

FREE ADMISSION Please register your interest to attend by emailing

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