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15 Dec 2019
Conferences / Workshops


Call for papers: Astronomics Society inaugural workshop on The Economics and Law of Space

This workshop will focus on economic and legal analysis of commercial development of space (basically the economics and governance of business in space). It will be hosted by the World Trade Institute, University of Bern on 3-4 April 2020.

We are interested in a range of topics, where possible examples include:

  • Regulation of Commerce (taxation of extraterrestrial activity; trade between Earth and space facilities; trade between extraterrestrial facilities)
  • Natural Resource Extraction and its Implications (mining of celestial bodies; salvage in space; rules governing such activities)
  • Contract Issues (property rights and contract enforcement without governing bodies; liability and insurance challenges for commercial launch service providers; arbitration)
  • Sovereignty Concerns (competition among governments in space; anti-piracy enforcement; extraterrestrial sovereignty)
  • Competition Policy Issues (rules; effective enforcement; lack of governing authority; market access to space; allocating orbits)
  • Technology and Innovation (spillovers between aerospace and other industries; scale economies and market power in commercial launch services and communication services; the development and application of machine learning)
  • Multilateral Agreements (design of agreements; dispute settlement and arbitration; managing space trash)

Submission Guidelines
Please submit paper proposals on original and unpublished research related to this call for papers.  Abstract submissions must be 300-500 words in length and should be accompanied by a short CV. To submit your proposals, for further details, or to express interest, please contact Sophia Thompson, sophia.thompson@wti.org. Deadline for abstracts: 15 December 2019.

 

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