International Institute of Space Law (IISL) / NALSAR University of Law and
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Space Law and Contemporary Issues: A Focus on Asia-Pacific Region
NALSAR University of Law Justice City, Hyderabad, India
June 24th 2012
Space technology is a legacy of cold war, but not the least cherished. If anything, the opposite is true. Scientific curiosity took over what began as a show of superiority, and when the utilities of space technology began to be comprehended, scientific curiosity evolved into purposive scientific endeavours. Now the use of scientific technology is no more the exclusive domain of a few developed nations. The rising economies of Asia Pacific have emerged as a new explorer of space technology and its benefits.
Though the community of nations in the Asia-Pacific has made its presence felt in the area of space exploration, it is still lacking in certain respects. One of the best ways to overcome this drawback is to increase cooperation amongst these nations, which would result in greater collaboration of resources and expertise. Is such cooperation possible and how can it be best achieved? Would an agreed set of standards be able to facilitate greater cooperation? One of the many areas in which cooperation would result in greater benefits for humankind is the application of space technology to disaster management. Asian countries have
been impacted by innumerable natural calamities. While some amount of cooperation in this field exists, improving the level of cooperation would yield higher benefits.
About the Conference
Much attention has been turned in recent times towards the commercial utilisation of space technology. Several legal and policy concerns arise here. What are ways in which 'space commerce' manifests itself? Is there a need to develop international standards and general principles in this area? What are the major political and policy concerns that bear on this issue? What general standards should inform any regime for governing commercial utilisation of space technology?
The countries of the Asia-Pacific region such as China, Japan, Australia and India are emerging as leaders in the field of space technology and research. The future course of technology and legal developments can be expected to be dominated by their contributions. What role should Asia-Pacific countries play in rule making? How are these countries addressing these issues? What are the national policies and legislations in the countries of this Region? What kind of municipal norms and international norms should be developed, to benefit not just individual nations or the economies of counties in this Region, but humanity as a whole? These are some of the themes that the conference seeks to explore. Positive research base and policy outcome are expected to be generated through the conference, which assembles the best legal minds and scientific experts. These are some of the themes that the conference seeks to explore. Positive research base and policy outcome are expected to be generated through the conf
For further quires please feel free to contact the editor on the following address:
Prof. V.Balakista Reddy
Professor of International Law &
Head Centre for Air & Space Law,
NALSAR University of Law,
Justice City, Shameerpet,
Hyderabad: 500078, A.P.India.
Fax: +91-8418-245161/ 174,
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