Space Law Seminar: Law on board for a space adventure

This seminar will seek to address some of the existing challenges for space law in the Norwegian, European and international perspective. We also wish to lay a foundation for future discussions of space law issues at the University of Oslo. Our speakers are Terje Wahl (Norwegian Space Center), Steven Freeland (Western Sydney University Law School), Alla Pozdnakova (Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law), Katrin Nyman Metcalf (International Relations Committee of the European Space Agency), Alexander Soucek (European Space Agency), Kirsten Ullbæk Selvig (Ministry of Transport, Norway) and Mari Amanda Eldholm (European Centre for Space Law).

The seminar is open, but requires registration (closed Dec 2nd)  

Photo: Ocean clouds seen from pace (NASA, Unsplash)

Norway is an active actor in the use of outer space and related activities. Should law be joining this space adventure?  The answer is certainly yes. Much has changed since Sputnik was launched in 1957, followed by the rapid adoption of the five treaties on outer space [hyperlink]. The existing treaties provide for a general framework for the space activities driven by States at the time of the adoption. There has taken place a major shift from state-owned and controlled space sector to a sector increasingly dominated by private activities where commercial actors participate actively in developing, launching and operating space objects. National laws are important to address the international obligations States have with regard to space activities and supervision of space activities. Norway has started work on a new law on the space activities which will substitute the existing law of the 1969.

Further, space activities and use of outer space are essential for the today’s society and its critical needs such as telecommunications, safe and secure maritime activities, surveillance of remote regions such as Arctic, etc. This also creates challenges and threats that would need to be addressed through adopting adequate legal framework at the international and national level.



Welcome/Knut Kaasen, Professor and Vice-Director, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law


Satellites and rockets: Where is Norway in the global space hierarchy today? Terje Wahl, Deputy Director General, Norwegian Space Center


Challenges and opportunities for space law in the future/Steven Freeland, Professor, Dean, Western Sydney University Law School


Arctic and Outer Space/Alla Pozdnakova, Professor, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law


There will be time for questions and some discussion after each presentation


13:00-13:30/Mingling and wraps


13:30 -15:30

Airspace and outer space - interface and dynamic borderlines/Kirsten Ullbæk Selvig, Director General, Ministry of Transport and Communications


Cyber Security and Space, Katrin Nyman Metcalf, Chair of the International Relations Committee, European Space Agency


Space law practice - a lawyer's quest to navigate between rockets and responsibilities/Alexander Soucek, Legal Advisor, European Space Agency

Presentation of the European Space Law Center/Mari Amanda Eldholm, European Centre for Space Law



There will be time for questions and some discussion after each presentation

15:30-16:00 Wrap-up and mingling

Tags: Space Law
Published Nov. 23, 2018 9:58 AM - Last modified Dec. 5, 2018 4:27 PM