Last month UNISPACE+50 was held at the United Nations in Vienna, it was, in part, a commemoration of the first United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, fifty years ago in 1968. There were two components, a symposium held on 18-19 June which I did not attend (opting to enjoy the Viennese […]Read more "UNISPACE+50"
The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) was founded in 1999 as a result of the Third United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III). Therefore, SGAC decided that it would be a good idea to host an ‘anniversary’ event to coincide with UNISPACE+50. This event was the Space Generation Forum 2.0 […]Read more "SGF2 and Space for Women"
Once again, I recently spent time as part of the SGAC delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) Legal Subcommittee (LSC). This was my fourth LSC, my second as co-lead of the SGAC Space Law and Policy Project Group, and my fifth to UNCOPUOS (my first trip to the […]Read more "UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee 2018"
The first Monday afternoon of the annual session of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) Legal Subcommittee usually features a symposium hosted by the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL). This year the focus was on the Rescue Agreement as […]Read more "The Rescue Agreement at 50: The IISL/ECSL Symposium"
Once again, I spent a few days in March in the heart of Paris listening to people talk about space law and doing some talking about space law myself. Owing to Easter and a few other things I have only had the chance to post this today. Friday 23 March was the European Centre for […]Read more "Space Law in Paris"
As with a number of space law terms, the space treaties do not provide a definition of outer space. While for the most part a common-sense approach works there are times when it leads to a lack of certainty and clarity. However, generally speaking this has not really been an issue but it worth examining, […]Read more "Defining ‘Outer Space’"
On Monday 15 January, the 2nd anniversary of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s historic spacewalk, the House of Commons debated the Space Industry Bill after its second reading. I have discussed the Space Industry Bill, and its predecessor in the last Parliament, the Spaceflight Bill, on several occasions so I won’t go into great detail […]Read more "UK Space Industry Bill: Second Commons Reading"