Due to the disturbances linked to Covid-19, the conference is postponed to May 6 and 7, 2021

A word from the Director of IDETCOM and Scientific Director of the SIRIUS Chair

Space activities are now experiencing a new age of evolution. After having experienced, during the last two decades of the twentieth century, a double movement of privatization and commercialization, they are entering the era of mass production of satellites and in-orbit assembly operations. Deep space is a place of exploration, while near space is at the centre of intensive exploitation activity. The pace of this evolution could accelerate with the launch and commissioning of constellations of thousands of small satellites and the development of in-orbit service activities. Through the many legal challenges, it poses to the international community, the development of space activities calls for innovative legal solutions and might constitute the laboratory of the international law of tomorrow, both public and private.

The international regime of space activities was established, as early as the end of the 1960s, in the context of the Cold War and while space activities were still largely experimental. Are the treaties and principles in force still adapted to the space activities market? Can we be satisfied with the current outbidding of national laws? Should existing organizations be allowed to draw up a body of non-binding rules (soft law)? Has the time come to draw a boundary between airspace and outerspace?

The debris accumulated in near space is now a real challenge for the future of space activities which it could jeopardize. Should the rules on the registration of space objects be reviewed? Can the accumulation of space debris be assimilated to "pollution", eligible as such under the rules of international environmental law? Are the solutions of the international law of the sea transposable to outerspace (liability regime, salvage clauses …)? What would be the contours of an international organization specializing in the management of civil space activities and their traffic in outerspace?

The development of space activities and the commercial prospects they open, stimulate the ambitions of multinational groups and nations. Is space data a new industrial or commercial "asset"? What adjustments should be made to the regime of frequencies and orbital positions? Is the principle of non-appropriation still relevant? Can the proximity of States and operators in the space club nations give rise to a dispute over State aid?

Beyond the activities of deep space exploration and exploitation in near space, outerspace is today won by the spirit of conquest which has marked so many episodes, happy or unfortunate, in the history of international relations. Will public international law apply to Mars? What right on the ground and according to what model (mines, seabed)? What rules will apply to lunar villages and their inhabitants, for long stays (births on the Moon or on Mars, retro-application on Earth of major scientific advances ...)?

Space is becoming militarized. France, after the United States, has created a Space Command, the objective of which is to "have a reinforced space defence" and "strategic autonomy" in the field of space. Are we moving towards new forms of armed conflict? Is the law of war applicable to space? What European space defence policy, beyond the initiatives of a few of its member states?

Lucien Rapp
Professor at Toulouse Capitole University, Director of the Institute for the Study of Space, Territories, Culture and Communication (IDETCOM), Scientific Director of the SIRIUS Chair (Space Institute for Research on Innovative Uses of Satellites).

Due to the postponement of the conference, the program is subject to change.

Speakers

  • Alain Pellet

    President of the French Society for International Law.

  • Lucien Rapp

    Professor at Toulouse Capitole University, Director of the Institute for the Study of Space, Territories, Culture and Communication (IDETCOM), Scientific Director of the SIRIUS Chair (Space Institute for Research on Innovative Uses of Satellites).

  • Clémentine Bories

    Professor at Toulouse Capitole University.

  • Gilbert Guillaume

    Former Judge and President of the International Court of Justice

  • Stephan Hobe

    Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, Professor at the University of Cologne.

  • Vincent Correia

    Professor at Paris-Saclay University.

  • Mireille Couston

    Professor at the University of Lyon 3.

  • Angela Veitch

    Deputy Director, International Law Directorate, Department of National Defense, Canada.

  • Lukas Rass-Masson

    Professor at Toulouse Capitole University, Director of the European School of Law.

  • Emmanuel Bourdoncle

    Doctor of Law. Sub-Directorate of Public International Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Lesley Jane Smith

    Professor at Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany.

  • Catherine Kessedjian

    Emeritus Professor, University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.

  • Philippe Clerc

    Inspector General, Compliance and Corporate Ethics Officer (CNES).

  • Arnaud De Nanteuil

    Professor at the University of Paris Est Créteil.

  • Philippe Achilleas

    Professor at Paris Sud, Director of the Institute for Space and Telecommunications Law.

  • François Alabrune

    Director of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

  • Ronny Abraham

    Judge and former President of the International Court of Justice.

  • Marc Perrin de Brichambaut

    Honorary Councilor of State, Judge at the International Criminal Court, Second Vice-President, International Criminal Court.

  • Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos

    Judge and former President of the European Court of Human Rights.

  • Tanja Masson-Zwaan

    Professor at the University of Leiden, Deputy Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, President Emeritus of the Institute of Space Law (IISL).

  • Roberto Virzo

    Professor, University of Sannio, Italy.

  • Stéphane Mouton

    Professor at the University of Toulouse Capitole, Co-Director of the Maurice Hauriou Institute, Director of the M2 in transport and aeronautics law.

  • Hélène Gaudin

    Professor, Toulouse 1 Capitole, Director of the Research Institute in European, International and Comparative Law (IRDEIC)

  • Isabelle Sourbes-Verger

    CNRS researcher, Alexandre Koyré Center, CNRS.

  • Marco Ferrazzani

    Legal Director of the European Space Agency.

  • Loic Grard

    Professor at the University of Bordeaux IV, Director of the Center for European and International Research and Documentation.

  • Armel Kerrest

    Professor Emeritus University of Western Brittany

  • Said Hamdouni

    HDR Lecturer at Toulouse Capitole University.

  • José Da Costa

    Senior Vice President, Deputy Managing Director, AON International Space Brokers.

  • Pascal Beauvais

    Professor at the Sorbonne Law School.

  • Geneviève Bastid-Burdeau

    Professor Emeritus at the Sorbonne Law School.

  • Eric Loquin

    Professor Emeritus at the University of Burgundy.

  • Jean-Christophe Martin

    Professor at Côte d’Azur University, Director of the Institute for Peace and Development (IdPD).

  • Mickael Dupenloup

    Ministry of the Armed Forces, Directorate of Legal Affairs, Deputy to the Head of the Office for Armed Conflicts.

  • Mathias Audit

    Professor at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Lawyer at the Paris bar.

  • Olivier Blin

    Lecturer in Public Law, Toulouse 1 Capitole University

  • Raphaël Maurel

    Lecturer at the University of Bourgogne

  • Valentin Degrange

    PhD student in Law Member of the Center for Space and Frontiers Law (CDEF) Associate researcher at the Institute of Strategic and Defense Studies (IESD)

  • Sabrina Robert-Cuendet

    Professor, Vice-Dean Faculty of Law, Economic Sciences and Management, Le Mans University

  • Mariana Holubova

    Doctoral student, University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, Doctoral School E9

Useful informations

Unless otherwise specified, panels and round tables will take place in the Cujas amphitheater of the University of Toulouse Capitole.

Toulouse University Capitole
2 rue du Doyen Gabriel Marty
31042 Toulouse Cedex 9
France

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