European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) was established in 1989 by the European Space Agency (ESA) especially to promote knowledge of and interest in space law – an area of (international) law governing space-related activities – and to provide a forum for (interdisciplinary) exchanges.

Current members of the ECSL include professionals working within the space sector as well as university professors and especially students (from various fields like law, international relations, engineering).

To achieve its aims, the ECSL organises various events each year:

· the Student Essay Competition,

· the Practitioners’ Forum (17 March 2017),

· the Young Lawyers’ Symposium (18 March 2017),

· the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition,

· the Summer Course on Space Law and Policy

· and various workshops in cooperation with the National Points of Contact (as the NPOC Germany).


The most recent event is the Space Insight Day, which will be taking place for the first time on 23 March 2017 in Paris (ESA headquarters). As its name indicates, it is an opportunity for students and young professionals to gain first experience in space law and to get an insight into the daily business of people working across the space sector. Though membership is needed to attend most of the ECSL events, the Space Insight Day will be free of charge.


The schedule as well as the registration form is available at

Further information can also be found at