The IISL President Kai-Uwe Schrogl presented during the 3rd edition of the Space Law Course at the Space Law Research Centre (SPARC), Nova School of Law in Lisbon on 5 May 2022. His presentation was entitled Key issues in international space policy and regulation.

At the outset of the presentation, Schrogl set two recent trends in the space industry against each other bearing consequences for the development of space law and policy: on one hand, we are confronted with congestion of Earth orbits, increasing risks and trends, and militarisation (“anarchy”?); on the other, the space economy is rapidly growing at the global level.

With respect to the first point made, thus regulating the behaviour in space, the importance of existing space law was highlighted, as well as the importance to develop complementary regulation addressing the new challenges. Regarding the second point made, it was emphasised that the expanding space economy could be used to contribute to a stabilisation of outer space by establishing its own key principles. Here, the IISL position paper by the Board of Directors on authorisation and continuous supervision of commercial space activities of July 2021 highlighted.

Furthermore, the IISL President invited all of IISL’s members to participate in  IISL activities:

  • Abstract submission for the annual IISL Colloquia on Space Law at the International Astronautical Conferences
  • Participation in the IISL Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
  • Join the monthly IISL Happy Hour
  • Contribute to the Knowledge Constellation
  • IISL Mentoring Programme (coming soon).