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NSLINational Space Legislation Initiative

Photo of Space Policy Practitioners Workshop during APRSAF-26

Call for Participation - NSLI 2nd Phase

The second phase of NSLI has launched. Organizations that would like to join the NSLI, please contact NSLI Secretariat (NSLI-Secretariatml.jaxa.jp) by February 15, 2022. Please see the attached PDF for details.

NSLI Report submitted to the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee (LSC)

As part of its activity, NSLI Study Group made a report on the status of national space legislation in the NSLI participating countries, namely Australia, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippine, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam. The report was jointly submitted to the 60th session of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee, 2021, from the nine countries.

Publications on NSLI

The 27th Session of the Asia-Pacific Region Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-27) (December 2021)

Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) 2021, Legal Subcommittee 60th Session (June 2021)

Side Event on “the Role of the National Space Legislation in Advancing the Rule of Law in Outer Space – Efforts and Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region –“

Asia-Pacific Region Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Online 2020 (November 2020)

IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, IAC 2020 Cyber Edition (October 2020)

“A Regional Initiative for Studying the Status of National Space Laws (IAC-20-E7.5.10)”

Background/Objectives/Activities

National Space Legislation Initiative aims to realize the following objectives through the establishment of a Study Group among the space law/policy practitioners in Asia-Pacific countries:

  • To promote information sharing and mutual learning on the practices and examples of national space legislation and/or policies in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • To enhance the Asia-Pacific countries’ capacity to draft and implement their national space legislation and/or policies in accordance with international norms

The Initiative was reviewed at the APRSAF ExCom, proposed at the Space Policy Practitioners Workshop during APRSAF-26, and authorized at the Plenary Session of APRSAF-26.

The first phase of the Initiative was ended in December 2021, organizing a total of nineteen telephone conferences and reporting its activities to the APRSAF-27 Plenary. The report on the status of national space legislation prepared by the NSLI Study Group was jointly submitted by nine NSLI participating States to the 30th Session of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee (LSC).

The term of the Initiative was extended and renewed for its second phase from APRSAF-27 until the APRSAF-29 in 2023.

Outline of Activities:

  • Study Group will exchange information on national space legislation.
  • Study Group will draft a report on the status of national space legislation to be jointly submitted to the UNCOPUOS LSC by the NSLI participating States.

Membership

Membership is open to national governmental organizations of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region. An organization wishing to participate in the Initiative, please inform the NSLI Secretariat (NSLI-Secretariatml.jaxa.jp).

Framework of Operation

  • Initiative is open to national governmental organizations in the Asia-Pacific countries.
  • Participation is voluntary and cost of participation is covered by the participating organizations.
  • The term of the Initiative is about 2 years.
  • The membership of Study Group (SG) is nominated by the participating organization. SG is led by two co-chairs.
  • NSLI Secretariat is contributed by JAXA.
  • Participating organizations provide information on the national legislation using common form.
  • SG meets online and on the occasions such as UNCOPUOS and APRSAF depending on the situation to jointly study and draft a report on the national space legislation based on the information provided from each participating organization. The report includes some findings studied by SG.
  • SG may organize outreach events.
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