The role of private actors in shaping national space law and policy – dynamics and stumbling blocks

07. June 2021
Online event via Zoom, Vienna, AT

The event will analyze the influence of the needs of the private sector in the development of national space laws and policies. In addition, it will discuss to what extent space activities today are indeed “private”. Public money often becomes involved at a certain stage, be it in the form of direct investment in companies, as grants and subsidies, or as customer of space-based services.


Department of European, International and Comparative Law, University of Vienna (National Point of Contact for Space Law Austria)

Content Description

The event will analyse a few examples of space activities, which have influenced, if not triggered, national space laws and policies.

Experts who have been involved or have closely witnessed national regulatory and policy developments will talk about their experiences and share insights and ideas for the future. 

The space activities addressed will include 

  • launch services, 
  • telecommunication, 
  • Earth observation, 
  • space resource utilization, and 
  • recent developments in the small satellite industry.

The format will be a panel discussion in which the moderator puts four almost identical questions to the panellist to highlight possible differences and similarities in the various sectors. The audience will be invited to put questions via the chat. The event will be recorded and made available online.

The space industry sectors represented will be:

  • Launch services
  • Small satellite activities
  • Satellite communication services
  • Space resources utilisation


  • Steven Freeland, Western Sydney University; Bond University (Australia);
  • Brian Israel, NASA (USA);
  • Elina Morozova, Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communication (Russian Federation);
  • Otto Koudelka, Graz University of Technology (Austria)

Moderator: Irmgard Marboe, University of Vienna (Austria)


Target Audience

Scholars, practicioners, students, and other persons interested in current trends in the area of outer space activities.

Participant Information


Please, register for the event by Monday, 7 June 2021, 2 pm:

Contact Address

Universität Wien, NPOC Space Law Austria
Irmgard Marboe
Schottenbastei 10-16
A-1010 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (1) 4277 35311