National Conference on Space Law

“Contemporary Issues in Space Law”

Date : February 22nd & 23rd, 2017

About the Conference:

Ever since humanity became space-faring with the launch of the Sputnik 1 in 1957, it has wrestled with the issue of legal regulation of space activities. A fundamental principle of space law says that uses of outer space should not remain in favor of the advanced countries, and the benefits shall accrue to humanity as a whole. On the other hand, there have been efforts for more elaborate uses of Outer Space, and views that law should support utility oriented commercial and research activities. There is no unanimity of opinion, and the field is replete with both technical and legal prescriptions.

In recent years especially, the world has seen an unprecedented rise in both the number of space activities and the variety of their nature. Private enterprises and entrepreneurs are proliferating in all major nations and so are new ideas about uses of space. This has renewed the need for a more elaborate and comprehensive law of outer space, which can proactively tackle the challenges presented.

The need of the time, therefore, is to probe into the existing space law, and suggest alternatives to equip it with more tools in light of the contemporary activities in space.

With this aim in mind, the Center for International Law, ILS Law College Pune, is organizing a two day National Conference on Space Law. The theme for the conference is “Contemporary issues in Space Law”. In this fiftieth year of the Outer Space Treaty, this Conference will provide the participants with a platform to discuss and learn about various issues in Space Law.

Topics :

The conference will be a blend of presentations by our esteemed resource persons and paper presenters. Following topics will be discussed in four sessions covered in two days:

  • Need for Space legislation
  • Celestial Body Mining
  • Space Tourism
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Space Law


Resource Persons:

(1) Dr. Gurbachan Sachdeva :

Adjunct Faculty at NALSAR University, Hyderabad.

Adjunct Faculty & Guest Professor for Air & Space Law at the Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Academic Resource person for International Law and Air & Space law at the Indian academy of Diplomacy & International Law under the aegis of the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi.

Authored two books International Transportation & Law of Carriages by Air as well as outer space: Security & Legal Challenges.

 (2) Mr. V Gopalakrishnan :

Policy Analyst, ISRO headquarters, Bangalore

 (3) Dr. S. G. Sreejith :

Associate Professor, Associate Dean (Academic Affairs), and Executive Director, Centre for International Legal Studies at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University.

Authored: Institutional Cost of International Space Law, Journal of Space Law (2016) Whither International Law, Thither Space Law: A Discipline in Transition International Space Law: A Saga of Mankind’s Lost Aspirations.The Pertinent Law for Outer Space Related Intellectual Property Issues: An Odyssey into TRIPs, Indian Journal of International Law. Member of editorial board of Indian Journal of International Law (Springer).

(4) Dr. Ranjana Kaul :

Partner at Dua Associates, Advocates & Solicitors, New Delhi. LLM from the Institute of Air & Space Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada.Recipient of the Nicholas Matessco Matte Prize 2004, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, The Charles Wallace Trust Award 1990, UK, The Icchalkaranji Prize 1973, University of Poona and Sir PurshottamBhau Wad Prize 1973, university of Poona.



The schedule will be notified shortly on the Facebook Event page & College Website.


Principal Pandit Auditorium, Laxmi Building, ILS Law College, Pune: 411004


Register your names to [email protected] with the email subject “Enrollment for the National Seminar on Space Laws”

After Registration, Course ID shall be allotted to candidate and only by that Course ID the fees is payable. The last date of registration as well as payment is 15th Feb 2017. Register at the earliest possible; as the seats are limited to only 300.

Click Here for Registration Form


For ILS Students: Rs 200/-

For Non-ILS Students: Rs 500/-

For Professionals/Others: Rs.1000/-

For ILS Presenters: Rs. 400/- (per head)

For Non-ILS Presenters: Rs. 1,000/- (per head)

Registration fee is inclusive of reading material and high tea (on both the days of the Conference).         

Payment Instructions:

Payment can be made online from 2nd February 2017. Please use below link for payment:

Step I: Select category – “National Conference on Space Law”. New page will open, enter the Course ID. (Take care that CORRECT details are filled)

Step II: Click on Submit. New page opens, verify your details. This is the last opportunity to make changes or modify the details. Click Confirm only when verified carefully.

Step III: Payment window opens – with Payment modes – State Bank of India Internet Banking, Other Bank’s Internet Banking, Debit/Credit Cards and Cash Deposit at SBI. Select any one mode and fill in the required details according to the nature of transaction.

Note: Submit the Payment Receipt & Registration Form at the time of Conference.


Contact Details :

(1) Faculty Co-ordinator: Dr. Nitish Nawsagaray.

 (2) Student Co-Ordinators:

Travel & Accommodation: 1. Shantanu Jadhav  Mob: 9561510967

                                            2. Sarthak Dhingra:  Mobile No: 7057059809

Documentation & Registration:  1. Kruti Gogri Mobile No: 8308852349

                                                     2. Shraddha Trivedi:  Mob No: 8108348458

 Mail id will remain constant to [email protected] for any kind of queries.