Space tourism law panel in India

The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is returning to India this year (first time since the event in Bangalore in 1988) as the 58th IAC, hosted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Astronautical Society of India (ASI) takes place in Hyderabad, Sept. 24-28, 2007. I know it's months away, but if you're planning your trip to India, here's a preview of some law-related offerings, courtesy of Prof. Mark Sundahl of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law who will be delivering a paper on Criminal and Disciplinary Issues Pertaining to Suborbital SpaceTourism Flights (sounds super) for the hot panel on "Legal Issues of Private Space Flight and Space Tourism." And Mark sends the following preview of that panel (not yet available on IAC's website).

This should be of great interest to spacetrotters everywhere. Take a gander and book your flights now. (And Mark, yes, save me some delicious biryani ;)

Tuesday, September 25 2007 10:10
Room: MR G0.6 (ground floor)

50th International Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space (IISL)
Coordinators Masson-Zwaan, Tanja

Legal Issues of Private Spaceflight and Space Tourism
Chairman Prasad, M.Y.S.
Chairman Von der Dunk, Frans G.
Rapporteur Datta, Partha Sarathi

- Responsibility and Liability: A Requirement to Change Our Perceptions
Mr. Anubhav Sinha, Luthra and Luthra, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

- Liability Principles & Launch From International Domain: Resolving a New Twist in the Tail
Abhishek Dubey, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, India
Loree Sonchhatra, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, India

- The Fortieth Anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty: Is it Time to Look More Closely at Private Enterprise?Prof. Steven Freeland, Sydney NSW, Australia
Ms. Donna Lawler, Corporate Counsel, SingTel Optus Pty Limited, Sydney, Australia

- Legal Issues of Commercialization of Space ActivitiesMrs. Xiaoyu Zuo, Astronaut Center of China, Beijing, China

- Private Enterprise Liability for Space Servicing
Dr. Antonio Morato, Universidade Sao Marcos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dr. Ijar M. Da Fonseca, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Sao
Jos´e dos Campos, Brazil

- Orbital Space Ports: Their Operating Procedures and Legal FrameworkDr. Alvaro Azcarraga, SENER Ingeneria y Sistemas, S.A., Madrid, Spain
Elisa Gonz´alez Ferreiro, CEDE. Spanish Center for Space Law., Madrid, Spain

- Air & Space Law Norms Governing Space Transportation
Dr. Paul Dempsey, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

- Space Tourism: Some Lessons To Be Learned From Its Brother ‘The Aviation Ssector’
Sagee Geetha Sasikumar, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

- Passengers Should Not Fly at Their Own Risk But at Some Risk: The Necessity of a Revised International Liability FrameworkLydia Boureghda, Lyon, France

- Duties and Liabilities of Space Tourist Operators
Zeldine Niamh O’Brien, Co. Dublin, Ireland

- Rescuing Space Tourists: A Humanitarian Duty and Business Need
Prof. Mark Sundahl, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, United States

- Criminal and Disciplinary Issues Pertaining to Suborbital Space Tourism Flights
Michael Chatzipanagiotis, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

- The U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations: A Hazard for the Uninitiated in the Private Spaceflight and Space Tourism Industries
John Ordway, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, L.L.P., Washington DC, United States

- UNIDROIT System of Asset Based Financing for Space Activities: The Need to Plug the LoopholesProf. Ishwara Bhat, University of Mysore, Mysore, India
Sandeepa Bhat, International Institute of Space Law, Mysore, India

- The Proposed International Registry On Matters Specific To Space Assets: The Task of UNIDROIT
Dr. Luis Castillo Arganaras, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research
(CONICET) of Argentina

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