APSCO Training Course on “Space Law”18-21 September, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey

The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) training course on “Space Law” was successfully held during 18-21 September, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. The training was jointly organized by APSCO and TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute (TUBITAK UZAY), with the contribution of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

This training was organized back to back with the United Nations/Turkey/APSCO Conference on Space Law and Policy, which was held during 23-26 September 2019 and most of the participants stayed after the training to attend the Conference.  

The opening ceremony was held in the morning of the18th of September. On behalf of APSCO, Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director General of Education and Training Department made a welcome speech followed by a speech from Dr. Lokman Kuzu, Director of TUBITAK UZAY. They welcomed all participants and lectures, introduced the related institutions and background of this Space Law training course.

This training course aimed at strengthening the space law education at the regional and global level; developing the skills and knowledge of participants, through training program on space law related to space technology application that can contribute to the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space and sustainable development in each country;  providing information related to national space legislation and policy for the participants; promoting the exchange, understanding and cooperation in the areas of space law education.

Over 40 participants from APSCO Member States participated in this productive training course. The lecturers from Western Sydney University, Prof. Steven Freeland; University of Western Brittany, Prof. Armel Kerrest; Leiden Law School, Asst. Prof. Tanja Masson-Zwaan; National University of Singapore, Prof. Gérardine Goh Escolar; McGill University, Dr. Kuan-Wei Chen; Ankara University, Dr. Merve Erdem Burger and UNOOSA, Mr. Niklas Hedman and Ms.Yukiko Okumura contributed to this training programme. 

The training course was successfully concluded on the 21st of September, 2019. Dr. Li Xinjun, Secretary-General of APSCO and Dr. Lokman Kuzu, Director of TUBITAK UZAY provided closing ceremony address. They delivered the training certificates to participants at the end of the ceremony. The participants of the training session expressed their satisfaction over the content of the training course and spoke highly on the lecturers. Advises and suggestions were given for improvement of the content, course objectives and teaching quality. 

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