14:30 - 16:30
Space in the Cold War was mainly a matter of prestige and national sovereignty for a few governments and their armed forces. Things have dramatically changed since those early days and today billions of people are using space technologies on a daily basis.
As a consequence, numerous private and public actors are now heavily investing in what has become a business of its own. This recent move raises new questions: With so many satellites now in orbit, who is liable in case a collision occurs? Can a private company legally extract mineral resources from an asteroid and sell them to customers on Earth? Is it possible to use a satellite image in court and have a ship’s owner convicted for discharging oil in the ocean?
These questions and many others will be addressed during this first session.
Introduction of the session
Jean-François Mayence, First Legal Advisor, BELSPO
SpaceResources.lu: Luxembourg's initiative for the exploration and utilisation of space resources
Mathias Link, Director of International Affairs, Luxembourg Space Agency
The global problem of space debris
Ward Munters, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law, KU Leuven
The use of earth observation data by lawyers in practice
Sarah Moens, Lead Lawyer, DLA Piper
Q&A and Panel discussion