First IISL-IAA Symposium: Space Law and Policy 2010
When: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Where: Washington, DC
Space Law & Policy 2010 was a high-level seminar that examined the breadth and reach of space regulations on U.S. Space Law & Policy 2010 demonstrated the unique, international, and complex characteristics of space law and policy. The first portion of the day illuminated the need to educate policymakers and satellite industry in order to arrive at policy, legislation, and regulation that best reflects the unique attributes of satellite operations and space activities.
The seminar also highlighted the irreversibly international character of space. This interdependent reality necessitates a collaborative approach to building a coherent international legal regime to govern space. With that said, the last presentations showed just how complicated this can be. It is important to remember, in tackling this task, that law is a means to an end and not an end in itself. Shaping law and policy is a constant balancing act between varying interests. As such, policymakers should measure their words and actions as it directly affects the private sector and other actors. activities - civil, commercial, and governmental.
The seminar took place at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace building in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.