Space Policy and Law
Objectives and Scope
This working group aims to enhance the capacity in space policy and law of each country, acknowledging that space technology and space policy and law are inseparable pairs in respect to space related activities. This working group covers information sharing and mutual learning on the practice of policy and law in each country and the policy options toward common regional issues. This working group also discusses global issues as a contribution from the region, such as ensuring the long-term sustainability of space activities and the stable use of outer space.
This is a newly established working group under the APRSAF dedicated to space policy and law. APRSAF has engaged in efforts to build space policy community from 2017 in response to growing interest in space policy and law in the region. It has been providing various opportunities for information sharing and networking among space policy and law experts and practitioners in the region such as Space Policy Plenary Session, Inter-regional Space Policy Dialogue between Asia-Pacific and Europe (co-organized APRSAF and European Space Policy Institute), and Space Policy Practitioners Workshop. Furthermore, the National Space Legislation Initiative (NSLI), the first APRSAF initiative in the field of space policy and law, was launched in 2019 to provide joint work opportunities among the space policy and law practitioners in the region. Building on the experience of NSLI, this Space Policy and Law Working Group was established in 2021 based on a recommendation from the NSLI Study Group.
Space Policy and Law WG* Overview
- The WG’s program consist mainly of sessions contributed by host country (Japan and local host organizations i.e., ministries, space agencies, academia) and presentations selected from open call. Open call sessions may be organized depending on the status of applications and acceptance.
- Organizations and individuals wishing to contribute a session or to make a presentation are respectively requested to submit a proposal detailing session content/format or a presentation abstract to the Organizing Committee in advance. The content of sessions and presentations must be relevant to the WG objective and scope.
- The WG is held annually by the Organizing Committee led by lead session organizer in Japan (JAXA) together with the lead local host organizer. The Organizing Committee is attended by the representatives of session organizers (open call session organizers will also be invited to participate after they are accepted. JAXA and the local host organizer can invite committee members from other organizations, if necessary). The Organizing Committee reviews the applications for sessions and presentations, and it coordinates the overall program of the WG. The Organizing Committee also functions as the WG secretariat.
*WGs and Initiatives in APRSAF:
- WGs are one- or two-day forum for information exchange and discussion focusing on specific field, held as part of the annual APRSAF meetings. There is no membership for WGs, and all APRSAF annual meeting participants are welcome to attend them. However, prior registration is required.
- Initiatives are projects that are implemented through regional collaborative efforts undertaken in the framework of APRSAF, and are governed by ToRs which define their memberships, roles, and responsibilities. Proposals for new initiative are, in general, developed by WGs.
WG Leadership and Reporting:
- The WG is led by two Co-Chairs representing host countries (JAXA/Japan and local host). The Co-Chairs report the results of WG discussion to the Plenary.
- Each session is led by a Session Chair selected by each session organizer. The Session Chair reports the outcome of session to the WG Co-Chairs.
- The Organizing Committee is led by a Chair representing the lead session organizer from Japan (JAXA). The Committee Chair reports the Committee's activities to the WG Co-Chairs while Committee members representing session organizers report to their own Session Chairs.
Organizational Structure of Space Policy and Law WG
Tentative Schedule for the Next SPLWG MTG (April 2022-)
- 15 (Tue) - 16 (Wed) November 2022
Open Call for Sessions / Presentation Proposals
- For those who are interested in organizing a session or making a presentation at the Space Policy and Law WG, please submit a session proposal or a presentation abstract to the Organizing Committee at SpacePolicyandLaw_WGjaxa.jp by 29 July 2022.
- For details, please refer to the following document.
SPLWG Open Call Session and Presentation