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National Space Legislation Initiative

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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.

Outline of Activities:

  • Participating countries will provide the information on national space legislation.
  • Study Group will meet on the occasions of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee (LSC) and APRSAF to study.
  • Study Group will draft a report on the status of national legislation in the Asia-Pacific Region, which will be submitted to the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee (LSC). (March, 2021)

Call for Participation

Please inform the APRSAF Secretariat ( for further details on this initiative. Due date for member nomination from each country is December 20, 2019.

Framework of Operation

  • Initiative is open to the countries in Asia-Pacific Region.
  • Participation is voluntary.
  • The term of the Initiative will be about 2 years.
  • The membership of Study Group (SG) is nominated by the participating country.
  • SG will be led by a chair or co-chairs. Secretariat will be set up to support.
  • Participating country will provide information on the national legislations using common form with original documents.
  • The report will include the filled-in form and some findings studied by the SG.
  • SG will meet on occasions of the UNCOPUOS LSC and APRSAF to study the information and draft the report.
  • SG will make a report by the end of 2020 for the submission as conference paper of the UNCOPUOS LSC (March 2021).
  • Evaluation of the Activities will be considered for setting up the Space Policy and Law WG.


Latest schedule towards the first face to face meeting

Member Nomination from Asia-Pacific Country By December 20, 2019
Establishment of Study Group based on member nomination Around January, 2020
Submission of Information on National Space Legislation
(further details to be provided by Secretariat)
By End of January, 2020
First Study Group face-to-face meeting March, 2020
(during UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee)


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