Forum on space tourism law
D.J.'s Professor at Leiden, Dr. von der Dunk, is coordinating the trend-setting forum.
Here are highlights from the draft program:
Draft Programme ECSL Practitioners Forum 2006
Space Tourism: Legal and Policy Aspects
ESA Headquarters, Paris, 17 March 2006
Morning Session: Surveying the Scene
Chairman: Dr. G. Lafferranderie, ECSL Chairman
Dr. F.G. von der Dunk, ECSL Practitioners Forum Coordinator
Space tourism: lessons learned from the ISS: experience
Mr. A. Farand, ESA Legal Department, Paris
Is there a market for space tourism?
Mr. Giget, Euroconsult
Which vehicle for space tourism?
Mr. C. Dubreuil, EADS Space
Finance and taking of security
Prof. Dr. H. Kronke, UNIDROIT, Rome
The status of crews and passengers
Prof. P. Achilleas, University of Paris XI, Sceaux
Liability and insurance issues
Mr. P. Montpert, AON, Paris
The role of national laws in licensing companies and activities
Prof. A. Kerrest de Rozavel, University of West Brittany, Brest
Dr. G. Lafferranderie, Dr. F.G. von der Dunk
Here is the registration form.
And I will note that a space tourism law forum would not have happened just a few years ago. Dr. von der Dunk's practitioner's forum is a good sign of an industry on the rise. Where space tourism takes us, international and domestic law is sure to follow. And sometimes, law will also lead. Expect much more of this sort of offering, from the world-class legal minds at Leiden, and many others.
So . . . looks like our hardworking D.J. gets to go to Paris! Wish I could attend the forum. C'est la vie. But if we're lucky, perhaps D.J. will do some live or semi-live blogging from the city for us, oui?
For now, get back to work on your thesis, D.J.! (And when you get a chance, remember to send more pictures!)