2015 Manfred Lachs Conference Program

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FIRST DAY: Monday, 16 March 2015

8:00 – 9:00 REGISTRATION 


  1. Paul Dempsey (Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, Canada)
  2. Nancy Graham (International Civil Aviation Organization, Canada)
  3. Ram Jakhu (Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, Canada) File Welcome & intro

9:30 – 11:00 Session 1: Extension of Existing Services: Telecom, Space Navigation and Remote Sensing

Co-Chairs: Joseph Pelton and Ram Jakhu

  1. Audrey L. Allison (The Boeing Company, United States): Accommodating New Commercial Space Applications in the Global Regulatory Framework: A Brief Look Ahead of the ITU’s 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference Office presentation icon Download
  2. Sanat Kaul (International Foundation for Aviation, Aerospace & Development, India Chapter, India): New Extension of Commercial Space Applications-Broadband, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Geomatics File Download
  3. Tare Brisibe (former Chairman of the Legal Sub-Committee of the UNCOPUOS): A Decade of Convergence and Technology Acceleration in Non-safety Aeronautical Mobile-Satellite Communications Office presentation icon Download
  4. Scott Madry (Global Space Institute, United States): Future Policy, Legal, and Practical issues in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Office presentation icon Download
  5. Mukund Rao, K R Sridhara Murthi (National Institute of Advanced Studies, India): “NewSpace” Emerging Perspectives for EO and GI Policy .File Download


11:30 – 13:00 Session 2: Space Transportation

Co-Chairs: Paul Dempsey and Tommaso Sgobba

  1. Will Pomerantz (Virgin Galactic, United States): Virgin Galactic: The World’s First Commercial Spaceline File Download
  2. Jimena Blumenkron (ICAO, Canada): International aviation soft-law scheme as a governance example for emerging space transportation File Download
  3. Joseph Pelton (Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, United States): New Ways Forward in Protozone Regulation File Download
  4. Taro Kuusiholma (Finnish Transport Safety Agency, Finland): RPAS and High Altitude Platform Systems; New extensions of Air and Space providing possible ways to rethink and perceive unresolved NewSpace legal issues File Download
  5. Neil Wolf (Law Offices of Neil G. Wolf, United States): Organizing aerospace traffic management using ANSP programs and systems – is it possible? File Download
  6. Chuck Lauer (Rocketplane Global, United States) Legal and Regulatory Aspects of US-Developed Suborbital Spaceplane Flights from International Spaceports PDF icon Download

13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH

14:00 – 15:30 Concurrent session 3A: Small Satellites

Co-Chairs: Ram Jakhu and Niklas Hedman (File Intro)

  1. Rene Laufer (Baylor University, United States) and Scott Madry (Global Space Institute, USA): Small Satellite Challenges around the World File Rene Laufer (Baylor University, United States) and Scott Madry (Global Space Institute, United States): Small Satellite Challenges around the World
  2. Mazlan Othman (former Director of UNOOSA, Malaysia), Attila Matas (International Telecommunication Union): Small Satellites: Opportunities and Challenges  File Download
  3. Lucien Rapp, Victor Dos Santos, Adriana Martin (Space Institute for Research on Innovative Uses of Satellites, France): Entering a “NewSpace” Era: What Might Be Expected From Satellite Miniaturization? File Download
  4. Steven Freeland (U. of West Sydney, Australia): NewSpace, Small Satellites and Law: Finding a Balance between Innovation, a Changing Space Paradigm and Regulatory Control Office presentation icon Download
  5. Michael Mineiro (Science & Technology Policy Inst., Washington DC): Regulatory Uncertainty for Non-Traditional Commercial Space Activities File Download
  6. Gokhan Inalhan (Istanbul Technical U., Aeronautics & Aeronautics, Turkey), Kemal Yillikci (Permanent Mission of Turkey to ICAO), Kemal Nazim Ure (MIT, Dept of Aeronautics and Astronautics, USA) & Emre Koyuncu (Istanbul Technical U.): The Future of Micro/Nano-Satellite Based Earth Observation and Communication Systems PDF icon Download

14:00 – 15:30 Concurrent session 3B: Legal and Regulation Reforms to Respond to NewSpace Challenges

Co-Chairs: Jimena Blumenkron and Michael Simpson

  1. Charles Stotler (Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, Canada): What is “New Space”? File Download
  2. Niklas Hedman (Office for Outer Space Affairs, UN Office at Vienna): Developments in the work of COPUOS and role of OOSA Office presentation icon Download
  3. George D. Kyriakopoulos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece): Positive Space Law and Privatization of Outer Space: Fundamental Antinomies Office presentation icon Download
  4. Benjamyn Ian Scott (Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University, The Netherlands): Suborbital Activities and the Need for Legal Reform File Download
  5. Shouping Li (School of Law, Beijing Institute of Technology, China): International Legal Issues on Developing Space Solar Power Office presentation icon Download


16:00 – 17:30 Session 4: Commercial Space Stations and Launches and Infrastructure for Trips to Outer Space

Co-Chairs: Steven Freeland and Scott Madry

  1. Eric Dahlstrom (International Space University, France) From Space Station Programs to Commercial Habitation File Download
  2. Ram Jakhu (Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, Canada): Legal Challenges of Commercial Space Stations File Download
  3. Tommaso Sgobba (IAASS) & M. L. F Kerolle (Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University, The Netherlands): Self-Regulation of Commercial Human Spaceflight Industry and Liability Issue File Download
  4. Martin Griffin (EUROCONTROL, Belgium): The Integration of Aerospace Vehicles into the Existing ATM System Office presentation icon Download
  5. John D. Rummel (East Carolina University, United States): “Due regard” in space activities: avoiding harmful contamination in the exploration and use of outer space File Download

17:30 – 19:30 RECEPTION

SECOND DAY: Tuesday, 17 March 2015

9:00 – 11:00 Session 5: On-Orbit Servicing and Active Orbital Debris Removal

Co-Chairs: Tommaso Sgobba and Yaw Nyampong

  1. Michael Simpson (Secure World Foundation, United States) & Christopher D. Johnson (Secure World Foundation, United States): Transparency and Security Assurances for Commercial NewSpace On-Orbit Servicing
  2. Isabelle Rongier (IAASS): French Space Law and Its Implementation File Download
  3. Lauren Small-Pennefather (IASL Graduate, McGill University) & Yu Takeuchi (JAXA, Japan): Space debris removal as a first step to realising a legal framework for Space Traffic Management in outer space File Download
  4. Ntorina Antoni (Swiss Space Systems Holding SA - S3, Switzerland): Legal challenges for the industry in active debris removal File Download
  5. Tanja Masson-Zwaan (President, International Institute of Space Law): Liability issues of On Orbit Servicing and Active Debris Removal File Download


11:30 – 13:00 Session 6: Commercial Systems for Military

Co-Chairs: Tare Brisibe and Cassandra Steer

  1. Bhupendra Jasani (King’s College London, the United Kingdom): Commercial Satellites for Military Purposes Office presentation icon Download
  2. Duncan Blake (Australia): Commercial Satellites for Military Purposes PDF icon Download

13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH

14:00 – 15:15 Session 7: Commercial Space Mining

Co-Chairs: Mukund Rao and Joseph Pelton

  1. Paul B. Larsen (Georgetown University Law Center, United States): Asteroid Legal Regime: Time for a Change? File Download
  2. Susan Willshire (Independent Attorney, United States): Terrestrial Legal Considerations in Asteroid and Space Mining Activity Law and Policy Development File Download
  3. Barbara Skardzińska (University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law, Poland): The environmental liability in outer space mining File Download
  4. John D. Rummel (East Carolina University, United States): One Small Step for a Man, One Giant Leap for My Real Estate Broker: Taking the Next Steps in Space Governance File Download


15:45 – 17:00 Concurrent Session 8A: Financial and Risk Management

Co-Chairs: Isabelle Rongier and Lucien Rapp

  1. Yaw Nyampong (Pan-African University, African Union Commission, Ethiopia): The Role of Insurance in the Development and Commercialization of NewSpace Activities File Download
  2. Andrea J. (DiPaolo) Harrington (IASL, McGill University, Canada): Risk Management in the Intermediate Frontier: Insurance for Sub-Orbital Flight and Hypersonic Intercontinental Transportation File Download
  3. Nathan A. Johnson (University of Nebraska, USA): NewSpace Tipping the Balance of Domestic Liability Regimes: A U.S. Perspective File Download

15:45 – 17:00 Concurrent Session 8B: Reports on NewSpace around the World

Co-Chairs: Mazlan Othman and Sanat Kaul

  1. Mukund Rao (National Institute of Advanced Studies, India), K R Sridhara Murthi (NIAS) & Baldev Raj (NIAS): Future Indian (new)Space – Contours of a National Space Policy that Positions a New Public-Private Regime File Download
  2. Phetole Sekhula (The High Court of South Africa, South Africa): The Regulation of Sub-Orbital Aeroplanes under South Africa Domestic Air and Space Laws: A Search for Consensus File Download

17:15 – 18:00 SESSION 9:  Conference Wrap-up and Closing Roundtable

Moderator: Paul Dempsey

Speakers:Joseph Pelton, Jimena Blumenkron, Steven Freeland, Michael Simpson, Tommaso Sgobba, Tare Brisibe, Mukund Rao, Isabelle Rongier, and Lucien Rapp