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Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism: Legal and Policy Aspects

Commercial space activities are here now, and so are the legal and policy challenges they pose. In an attempt to fill the void left by the aging international legal framework for outer space activities, new regulatory initiatives have emerged at the national and international level. The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies is organising a two-day high-level conference and workshop to study the interaction between both sets of norms and to see to what extent they can be reconciled, or if re-interpretation and adaptation are in order. 
On Thursday 12 September, a public conference sees keynotes from high-level representatives of the two dominant space actors in Europe: the European Commission and the European Space Agency. These keynotes are followed by contributions by senior representatives of top-tier space companies Virgin Galactic, Bigelow Aerospace and Astrium. The day is concluded by a roundtable on the legal issues they face in developing their activities.
On Friday 13 September, an invitation-only international workshop is planned with four topical panel sessions, in which scholars, practitioners and policymakers will meet around four specific aspects of legal and policy questions surrounding the emergence of the commercial space sector.

More info can be found here on our website.



Participation in the public session on 12 September is free, but available places are very limited. Therefore, prior registration through conference@ggs.kuleuven.be is mandatory by Tuesday 10 September.