The 2017 Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations has started for a period of three weeks. The Centre is designed to bring together young international lawyers of a high standard from all over the world, to undertake original research on a common general theme which is determined each year by Curatorium of the Academy. The research undertaken during the Centre is included in a collective work published by the Academy.

A warm welcome to the participants of the Centre of Research 2017 of the Hague Academy of International Law and in particular to professors Hobe and Achilleas.

Theme this year: Fifty Years of Space Law– Space Law in 50 Years. The aim is to cover both theoretical and practical aspects, with regard to a variety of situations and contexts. Considering that the contributions are to be published later on in the form of a Centre book, the candidates are expected to be able to write fluently in either English or French.

The 2017 edition also proposes an original and rare method of research in law, namely the long-term prospective aspect (the law in half a century). Since space projects are programmed for a long time before they are realized, it is already possible to define legal trends which will develop their full potential in future decades.

In the first part the current lex lata will be described, first of all from the perspective of basic concepts and secondly from the perspective of specific forms of application/as applicable to space activities. This first part shall make evident the development that international space law has gone through up to 2017.

Part I – 1967 – 2017: The 50 years of space law

The Basics of International Space Law
1. The sources of international space law
2. Definition and delimitation of outer space
3. Star wars? A realistic perspective?
4. International responsibility and liability of states in the conduct of space activities
5. The law of outer space: a “self-contained regime”?

International Space Law for the Utilization of Outer Space
6. The law on telecommunications by satellite
7. Information via satellite : a human rights perspective
8. Remote sensing by satellite
9. Navigation by satellite
10. Outer space and developing countries
11. The exploration of the universe

The second part of the contribution shall underline how the rules applicable to human activities in outer space could develop in the coming 50 years.

Part II - 2017 – 2067: Space law in 50 years

The legal frame for space programmes of tomorrow
12. Regulation of microsatellites and mega-constellations
13. Legal regime for suborbital flights
14. Legal regime for space touristic activities
15. The exploitation of natural resources on celestial bodies
16. The discovery of life in outer space
17. The colonization of outer space

The major new legal perspectives associated with tomorrow’s space activities
18. Protection of the space environment – a truly global concern?
19. Space traffic management – a new perspective for space law?
20. The future of international and regional space cooperation
21. European space cooperation: a model for international space cooperation?
22. Development of a new body of private international space law?
23. The adaptation of space law to new challenges as of 2067
24. An international space agency as administrator of the “international common” outer space?

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