Over the past few years, a major focus on the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law has been research in strengthening the rule of law and governance in outer space.
2013 marked the inauguration of the annual Manfred Lachs Conference on Space Law, which provides academics, government officials, experts, stakeholders in the space domain with a neutral platform for conducting exchanges and discussions on a variety of issues relating to space governance. The Manfred Lachs Conferences have been organised in collaboration with stakeholder institutions such as the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Canadian Space Agency, the Secure World Foundation and the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), and with support from the Erin JC Arsenault Foundation.
To date, the following Manfred Lachs Conferences have been held:
- First Manfred Lachs Conference on the Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation
- Second Manfred Lachs Conference on Global Space Governance
- Third Manfred Lachs Conference on NewSpace Commercialization and the Law
- Fourth Manfred Lachs Conference on Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law
- Fifth Manfred Lachs Conference on Global Space Governance and the UN 2030 Agenda
- Sixth Manfred Lachs Conference: Is War in Space Inevitable?
Papers presented at and the proceedings of the Manfred Lachs Conferences have been peer-reviewed and published as part of the Monograph Series of the Centre.
We invite you look at our past conferences and keep an eye out for the next rendition of this important gathering of experts, academics and stakeholders in the space domain.