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International Conference on Future Developments in Space Law

West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata is going to organize an International Conference on Future Developments in Space Law.

Date: 10th May, 2016
Venue: The WB National University of Juridical Sciences, 12, LB Block, Sec III, Salt Lake, Kolkata

Ever since the entry of Sputnik into outer space, international community is in search of legal regime to regulate the ever-increasing space activities. The developments at the international level to have binding norms halted after the failure of the Moon Agreement 1979. Though the development of soft laws at the international level continued with the positive efforts at the UN General Assembly, it has been found ineffective in the proper regulation of space activities. Shift in the nature of space activities, especially from state oriented to private space activities, has posed several challenges to law in the twenty first century.

National space legislation, which are found necessary to fill-in the gaps and to regulate the private space activities, have not developed in different parts of the world at the expected level. Meanwhile, emerging issues like space financing, space insurance, dealing with space inventions, space tourism, resource exploitation, environmental protection etc., have not been addressed either at the international level or at the national levels in comprehensive manner.


  • Reforms in space financing regime
  • Space insurance
  • Regulating space tourism
  • Norms on space inventions
  • Liability for space environmental damage: Feasibility study
  • Resource exploitation in outer space
  • Space dispute settlement mechanism
  • Establishing an International Space Organisation
  • National space legislation for India

Call for Papers:
Those who are interested in presenting a paper on any of the above themes must send an abstract of 600 words along with a brief biographical note (not more than 200 words) on or before 20th April, 2016. The acceptance of the paper for presentation would be informed by 25th April, 2016.

A full length paper of 4,000 - 6,000 words must be sent by 7th May, 2016. If the full length paper is not submitted before the last date, authors will not be allowed to present the paper in the Conference. Submission of the full paper would be presumed as unconditional consent of the author/s for a possible publication by the organizers.

Important Dates:

Last date for submission of Abstract:

20th April, 2016

Last date for submission of Full Paper:

7th May, 2016

Dr. Sandeepa Bhat B.
Conference Coordinator
Phone: 033-23357379 / 0765 (extn. 1180), +91-9903854794

Ms. Amrisha Tripathi
Secretarial Assistance
Phone: +91-8334059941

The WB National University of Juridical Sciences
Dr. Ambedkar Bhavan
12, LB Block, Sector III, Salt Lake City
Kolkata - 700098

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