16-17 March 2015 “NewSpace Commercialization and the Law” Montreal


Montreal_Twilight_Panorama_2006222Taken from the IASL 2015 Conference Call for Papers Announcement:

Call for Papers/ invitation for attendance

3rd Manfred Lachs International Conference on

NewSpace Commercialization and the Law

Organized by the Institute of Air and Space Law

Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Venue:  Headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization

16 and 17 March 2015

The term ‘NewSpace’ is commonly used within the industry, regulatory and policy circles pertaining to new commercial space endeavors, yet its precise definition is vague and does not appear to have been fully articulated.  NewSpace Global, which provides market indices and strategic analyses of NewSpace industries, defines ‘NewSpace’ as “an emerging global industry of private companies and entrepreneurs who primarily target commercial customers, are backed by risk capital seeking a return, and profit from innovative products or services developed in or for space.”

Although difficult to define, several themes appear to apply unequivocally to the NewSpace movement: disruptive technologies, entrepreneurship, privately held companies, individual access to and settlement of space and exploitation of space resources. Through innovative technologies and practices, new production techniques and new products, NewSpace resurrects unresolved legal issues and brings forth new legal challenges. By canvassing NewSpace endeavors, their technological developments and business initiatives, it will be possible to better understand the various legal challenges facing this nascent industry so as to initiate positive changes in law and policy and to appropriately address industry needs arising therefrom as well as protecting global public interest, public safety, environment and national and international security interests.

In order to comprehensively address these challenges, the McGill Institute of, and Centre for Research in, Air and Space Law in close collaboration with other premier institutions, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and Global Space Institute (GSI), are organizing an international interdisciplinary Conference on NewSpace and the Law. We expect to attract participation from representatives of all major stakeholders in the space sector, (i.e., governmental and non-governmental institutions, academic institutions, private entities, etc.) acting in their personal or professional (as opposed to their official) capacities.

By this Call for Papers, the organizers of the Conference hereby solicit papers that, among other things, will discuss and critically analyze the current technical, economic, political, strategic, and legal challenges to the achievement of responsible commercialization of the NewSpace industry. Papers should be between 3,000 and 4,500 words in length and must specifically address at least one of the following topics:

  1. New Extensions of Commercial Space Applications–Broadband Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Geomatics
  2. New Space Transportation Systems and Capabilities for Traffic Management of Objects in Air Space and Outer Space
  3. Small Satellites (including Nano, Micro, Cube, Femto and Chip satellites)
  4. Commercial Space Stations and Launches for Trips to the Moon and Mars, etc.
  5. On-Orbit Servicing and Active Space Debris Removal
  6. Commercial Satellites for Military Purposes
  7. Commercial Space Mining (i.e. exploitation of Space Natural Resources)
  8. Funding Sources

Interested author may submit an abstract of the paper not exceeding 250 words via e-mail to Dr. Jinyuan Su at [email protected] by 5 January 2015. The abstract must indicate the precise topic or title of the paper, the author’s (or authors’) full name(s), full contact details including valid email address, and current institutional affiliation. Please submit your abstract under cover of the following e-mail header “3rd MLC 2015 Abstract – [Author(s) LAST NAME]”. The language of the Conference will be English.

Each submitted abstract will be evaluated on the basis of its technical quality, innovative ideas and relevance to the theme of the Conference. The Conference registration fee will be waived for authors who participate in the Conference as speakers. Suitable and well-written papers will be published in the Proceedings of the Conference. Papers of the highest quality may be published as part of an edited collection.


5 January 2015                      Deadline for abstract submission

15 January 2015                    Notification to authors

5 March 2015                        Deadline for paper submission (No paper – no podium)

16-17 March 2015                 Conference

For further information on the Conference, please contact Dr. Jinyuan Su, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University ([email protected]) or visit: http://www.mcgill.ca/iasl/

NB: The McGill Institute of Air and Space is proud to host the 3rd Manfred Lachs Conference at the ICAO Headquarters back-to-back with the ICAO/UNOOSA AeroSpace Symposium, which will take place from 18 to 20 March 2015 in Montreal, and in which McGill is in part a proud sponsor. Participants in the Manfred Lachs Conference will benefit from the significantly reduced special “academia” rate of US$145.00 in the registration fee for the ICAO/UNOOSA AeroSpace Symposium. Information about the Symposium is available at www.icao.int/meetings/space2015.

Ram S. Jakhu

Conference Chair

Prof. Dr. Ram S. Jakhu

Institute of Air and Space Law

Faculty of Law, McGill University

Tel: +1-514-398-1382


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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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