Annual Strategic Space Law Course


Online event.

The Strategic Space Law course focuses on the legal and policy considerations that surround the strategic uses of outer space.


Armed forces have not had to comprehensively consider the application of law to the use of force and rules of engagement in outer space. Conflict in the space domain is now a possibility that cannot be dismissed, and this course provides a unique opportunity for lawyers and other professionals in the defense services, international relations, government, international organisations, law firms, consulting firms and industry around the world to study space law in a strategic context.

The Strategic Space Law Course is a four-day intensive, interdisciplinary, international and interactive workshop held annually in Montreal, Canada. Jointly organised by the Institute of Air and Space Law, and Spectrum Space Security In.c, the course features lectures delivered by world-class academics, legal and policy advisors, and subject-matter experts drawn from government, civil society and the commercial sector.

The 2020 edition program of the course will be delivered remotely and in condensed fashion. In 2021, we hope to revert back to an extended, in-person program that will cover more topics, practical team-building exercises, and networking events.

To view the program and find out how to register, visit

Subjects covered will include:

  • Technical and Operational Aspects of Military Use of Space
  • Evolving National Security Space Policies
  • International Regulation of Space Activities
  • National Regulation of Space Activities: the United States and Canada
  • Radio Frequency Spectrum and the International Telecommunication Union
  • Intersection of Cybersecurity Law and Outer Space Law
  • Cybersecurity Policy and National Laws for Space Operations
  • Use of Force, Armed Attack, and Self-Defense
  • Law of War and Hostilities in Space
  • International Space Law-making and UNCOPUOS
  • Commercial/Military Space Services and Transactions
  • Space Situational Awareness
  • Space Arms Control and Norms of Behaviour in Space
  • Strategic Challenges in International Space Law

Eligible for inclusion for 16 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) as reported by members of Quebec Bar.

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