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Open call for the ESA course on “Introduction to Space Law”

on 03 April 2017

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites Romanian students with an engineering or scientific background to participate at the “Introduction to Space Law” course, organised by the European Space Agency (ESA). The event takes place between 29 May – 2 June 2017, at the ESA Redu Centre in Belgium. The deadline for applications is 10 April 2017.


All space activities are regulated by Space Law, a field that began to develop with the launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite in 1957. Later on, the United Nations created the Committee on the Peaceful Usage of Outer Space that also includes a legal subcommittee. The Outer Space Treaty, the basis for all Space Law, was enforced in 1967.

Space scientists and engineers will most certainly encounter legal issues in their work and therefore it is important for them to be familiar with the basics of Space Law.

For this purpose, ESA’ Education Office together with the Legal Service Department are organising the “Introduction to Space Law” Training Course, addressed to all students with an engineering or scientific background. The course will take place at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre, a part of the Redu Centre in Belgium.

Students will learn about the international legal framework regulating space activities, but they will also be familiarised with the existence of national space legislation. Towards the end of the week, students will also take part in a mini-project.

In order to participate at the course, those interested are required to complete this form, making sure they qualify to attend. The eligibility criteria are:

- be aged between 18 – 32 years old;
- a citizen of an ESA Member or Associate State;
- enrolled as a full time student in a university, studying an engineering or a scientific subject.

The deadline to register is 10 April 2017.

Selected students will receive a sponsorship that will cover accommodation and meals as well as up to 200 euros for travelling to Redu, Belgium.

More details on the application requirements are available here.

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