A four-day workshop on space law: “United Nations treaties on outer space: actions at the
national level”, will be held at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 3 to 6 November 2003, for the benefit of countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop is organized jointly by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), within the framework of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, and the Republic of Korea. It is the second in a series of workshops that OOSA intends to organize in order to build capacity in space law. A continuous increase in space activities means that space laws, policies and institutions are becoming increasingly important for a greater number of countries worldwide. The increased space activities have also highlighted the need for the ratification and effective implementation of the five United Nations treaties on outer space. A review by the United
Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Legal Subcommittee has revealed that one of the likely reasons for the low level of ratification of some of the treaties is a lack of awareness of the benefits of adherence to the outer space treaties.
The goals of the United Nations/Republic of Korea Workshop are:
(a) to promote understanding, acceptance and implementation of the United Nations treaties and principles on outer space, especially in the Asia-Pacific region; and
(b) to discuss the implementation of the United Nations treaties on outer space on the national level and identify common changes that States might need to make to their national laws, when becoming Party to the treaties, especially any changes that are not obvious and apply both to space-faring and non-space-faring countries.
The workshop will divide the participants into two groups. One group will consist of government officials, mainly from Ministries for Justice and for Foreign Affairs. The participants in this group will be provided with a detailed briefing on the United Nations treaties on outer space, as well as national registries and licensing regimes. The other group will consist of specialists in the field of space law, and will discuss specific issues related to the implementation of the United Nations treaties on outer space.
Over 100 participants, including policy and decision makers from the following countries and international organizations, are expected to attend the workshop: Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Libya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The United Nations Programme on Space Applications is implemented by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and works to improve the use of space science and technology for the economic and social development of all nations, in particular developing countries.