The first meeting on APSCO SPACE LAW ALLIANCE (ASLA) was organized by APSCO on 7th September, 2021, during APSCO/ESA/CISL Space Law Workshop, in Sanya, China. The meeting was aimed at discussing the idea of establishing APSCO SPACE LAW ALLIANCE (ASLA). The representatives from the following universities from China participated in the meeting:
-Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)
-Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC)
-Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE)
-China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL)
-East China University of Political Science and Law
-Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)
-Wuhan University and
-Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL)
Ms. Aisha Jagirani, Director General of the Department of External Relations and Legal Affairs, ASPCO chaired the meeting. She briefed the participants and representatives of the universities about the practices and plans of APSCO in space law and policy area. She then presented the concept paper of ASLA which was open for discussion.
Ms. Aisha briefed that developing regional and international alliance of space law institutions was listed as one of the key important areas in the “APSCO Strategy for Space Law and Policy of APSCO (2021-2030)” which was approved by the APSCO Council in 2020. The objective of the alliance includes:
a.Development of networking among research institutes, organizations etc. working in the field of space law and policy
b.Promoting joint activities, joint research and collaboration on matters related to space law and policy with renowned universities in Member States of APSCO, international organizations and institutions.
c.Exchange opportunities boost capabilities, knowledge sharing and research among ASLA Members.
d.Promote ASLA members work and initiatives among each other.
A series of activities will be done among the alliance members such as information sharing, opportunities opening for inviting research papers, establishment of standard curriculum etc. The representatives from universities presented their activities in the field of space law and policy and introduced the space law research development in their law school or universities one by one. All universities showed their strong support to join ASLA.
Following this meeting, APSCO will host another meeting on ASLA in October 2021 online, to further discuss the idea with Member States institutions.