Education Opportunities in Space Law

 
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In this section you can find out about education opportunities in space law and policy around the world. The directory contains information about specialised modules, courses and programmes. It does not include teaching space law as a part of International Law or other subjects. All inputs are in alphabetical order. 

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University of Pretoria

LLM in International Air, Space and Telecommunication Law (International Law option)

 

12 months

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This is a selection programme and only selected applicants will be admitted to the programme

Prof. Erlka de Wet and Ms Rina Deetlefs

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Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO)

Space Law Research and Training Courses

 

APSCO is currently undertaking a feasibility study of Asia-Pacific Research Centre for Space Law. One of the first projects was a training course on Space Law and Policy held 4-8 July 2017 in Harbin, China (to find our more, click here). Please follow us to find out about upcoming activities of the Organisation.

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Institute of Space Law, Beijing Institute of Technology

 

Master's degree in international law with the following courses offered: international space law, space policy, space technology and law. The Institute also offers PhD in space activities and law

2.5 years for master's degree and 4-6 years for PhD

 

English and Chinese

Prof. Shouping Li

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School of International Law, China University of Political Science and Law

Modules in space law offered on LLB and LLM level. PhD programme available as well 

 

LLB 4 years, LLM 3 years, PhD years

LLB Chinese only. LLM and PhD Chinese and English

Prof. Dr. Juqian Li at Email1 or Email2

 

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Nalsar University of Law in Hyderabad

Two space law related programmes: 1) Master's Programme in Space and Telecommunications Law; 2) Postgraduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS Law

 

Mater's programme: 2 years; Postgraduate course: 1 year

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The Master's Programme is a combination of on-campus modules run for 4 days in each semester, and online modules run throughout the 2-year programme

Prof. Dr. V. Balakista Reddy

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The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata

Postgraduate Diploma in Air and Space Law 

 

1 year

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This is a distance education programme.

Dr. Sandeepa Bhat

 

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Keio University in Tokyo

Space Law related modules are available during the LLM Programme

 

1-2 years

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Prof. Setsuko Aoki or Ms. Kazuko Ohuchi

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Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto

PhD 

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Space Law is one of the areas of PhD research that can be conducted at the College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University

Prof. Kunihiko Tatsuzawa

 

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia / National University of Malaysia in Selangor

Optional module in Space Law is available during the LLB Programme

1 semester 

Malay and English

Prof. Fatimah Yusro Hashim

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Korea Aerospace University

Space law related courses available on LLB, LLM, PhD Programmes

LLB 4 years; LLM 2 years

Korean

This is a selection programme and only selected applicants will be admitted to the programme

Prof. Won-hwa Park

 

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Sripatum University in Bangkok

Space Law related module available during the LLB Programme

1 semester

Thai and English

Professor Dr. Nipant Chitasombat

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International Space University & University of South Australia in Adelaide

Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Programme 

 

5 weeks

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This is a multidisciplinary programme covering space law and policy, space science and exploration, space system engineering and technologies, space business and many more. 

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Western Sydney University - Parramatta Campus

Course in Commercial Aspects of Space Law offered as a part of the LLB and LLM degree. 

 

Taught either sessionally (14 x 3hr classes over 14 weeks) or intensively over 1 week (5 x 7 hr classes).

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Prof. Steven Freeland

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European Centre for Space Law (ECSL)

1) Summer Course on Space Law and Policy; 2) Practitioners' Forum & Young Lawyers' Symposium; 3) Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition 

 

1) Two weeks; 2) two days; 3) three days 

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1) The two-weeks Summer Course is open to both students of all levels of study, as well as to young professionals. It is held in different European country every year. 2) One-day Practitioners' Forum is held annually at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France and each time it covers different aspect of space law. The Young Lawyers' Forum is held at the same place in conjunction with the Practitioners' Forum. 3) For the space moot see our Moot Courts page.

Mari Eldholm

 

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University of Graz

Module in Space Law and Policy offered as a part of the Master's Programme. Master and Doctoral dissertation in Space Law & Policy are also welcome. 

 

1 semester for the module

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Prof. Dr. Yvonne Karimi-Schmidt

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University of Vienna

Space Law related modules are available to students enrolled on the programmes at the Faculty of Law. Master and Doctoral dissertation in Space Law & Policy are also welcome. 

English and German

This is a selection programme and only selected applicants will be admitted to the programme.

Prof. Dr. Irmgard Marboe

 

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Ghent University

Space Law course available to students on LLM Programme

 

1 semester (30 hours)

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Prof. René Oosterlinck

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Catholic University of Leuven

Space Law & Policy related modules available at the 'Master of Science in Space Studies' Programme

 

1 year (full time). Part-time study is also possible. 

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The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Space Studies programme is open to students who have already obtained a Master’s degree

Prof. Dr. Christoffel Waelkens; Dr. Katrijn Clémer

 

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University of Lapland in Rovaniemi

Air & Space Law course available for students on Licentiate in Law or PhD Programme. 

 

1-2 years for the Licentiate Programme and 4-5 years for PhD Programme.

Finnish or English

The programmes are open for students who have already obtained a Master's degree.

Prof. Lotta Viikari

 

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International Space University (ISU)

Space Law & Policy courses available during the following programmes: 1) Master of Space Studies (MSS) in Strasbourg, France; 2) Space Studies Programme (SSP) held in different country every year; 3) Executive Space Course (ESC) in Strasbourg, France 

 

MSS 1-2 years; SSP two months; ESC five days

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All programmes are broad and interdisciplinary in their scope. The ISU also offers the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Programme in Australia, as well as the Executive Space Course in the United States.  

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University of Paris-Sud (XI); Institute of Space and Telecommunications Law

1) Master in Space Law and Telecommunications Law; 2)  PhD in Law (specialisation in Space Law)

 

Master: 12 months (6 months in Paris and 6 months internship in France or abroad); PhD 3 years (not necessarily in Paris). PhD students may attend Master classes and conferences.

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The programmes are open for students who have already obtained Master's degree in law. Any other diploma, such as master's in political sciences, economics, management, sciences or professional experiences may be considered. The Master's programme is composed of 28 courses representing 395 hours lessons and workshops. The main courses include: International, European and National space law; International, regional and national space institutions; International, regional and national space markets; Intellectual property rights; Competition law; Introduction to space technologies; Comparative Law; Space Business and contract law; Frequencies Management; Financing Space Projects; Risk management; Space geopolitics; Export Control; Military uses of Outer Space; Remote sensing, environment and territory; Satellite Television and Internet law and practice; Law and management of satellite positioning. Other courses deal with telecommunication law: Regulation of telecommunications market; International telecommunications law; Broadcasting Law; Internet and e-business law.

Dr Philippe Achilleas

 

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Institute of Air and Space Law of the University of Cologne

PhD Programme with focus on Space Law.

Module in Air & Space Law offered as a part of the Master's Programme. Master and Doctoral dissertations in Space Law are also welcome. 

 

2-3 years for the PhD

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Prof. Dr. Stephan Hobe

 

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Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest

Optional module in Space Law available for students enrolled in a programme at the Faculty of Law. 

 

1 semester

Hungarian 

Dr. Mihálka György

 

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Italian Society for International Organisation (ISIO)

Master's Degree in Space Institutions and Space Policy

600 hours in total where 200 hours are on-campus with lectures twice a week (8h a week) and 400 hours of individual study. 

Italian and English

The programme is a joint collaboration of the ISIO, the Italian Space Agency and the Institute for International Legal Studies of the CNR. The course is opened to university students with a first level degree and to experts and officials who already work in this context. Young graduates are expected to have a three months internship with an international organisation/institution or a private company. 

Dr. Sara Cavelli

Sapienza University in Rome

Space Law course offered for students on Master's in International Relations Programme. PhD in Public, Comparative and International Law with focus on Space Law is also possible. 

6 months (the course)

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Prof. Sergio Marchisio

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University of Padua

Space Law related courses available for students studying for a degree in Law and Political Sciences

1 semester

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Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Back Impallomeni

 

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International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University

1) Master of Advanced Studies in Air and Space Law. 2) PhD with focus on Space Law.

 

1-2 years

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All applicants must have a degree in law that gives access to the legal professions in the country where the degree was obtained. A combination of on-campus and distance learning is possible.   

Prof. Tanja Masson-Zwaan

 

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University of Warsaw

Optional module in Space Law offered for students on Master's programme in law. PhD with specialisation n Space Law is also possible. 

 

1 semester

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Prof. dr hab. Katarzyna Myszona-Kostrzewa

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University of Silesia in Katowice

Master and Doctoral dissertation in Space Law are possible at the department of Public International Law and the European Union Law. 

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MGIMO University - Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Moscow

Space Law related courses available to students on LLB, LLM and PhD programme

 

16-24 academic hours

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Prof. Dr. Yury M. Kolosov or Dr M. Yuzbashyan

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Peoples' Friendship University of Russia in Moscow

Space Law related courses available to students on LLB, LLM and PhD programme

 

1 semester

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Prof. Dr. Anatoly Kapustin

 

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Birkbeck, University of London

Option Module in Space Law available to LLB (level 5 and 6; 15 credits) and LLM students. Master and PhD dissertations in Space Law are also welcome. 

Term 1 (Autumn Term)

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Students must be enrolled in a degree programme at the University of London

Dr Damian M. Bielicki

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University of Sunderland

A stage 3 option module in Space Law (LAW334) available on Law LLB (Hons). Master and PhD dissertations in Space Law and Policy are also welcome.   

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Dr Christopher J Newman

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McGill University in Montreal, Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL)

1) Graduate Certificate in Air and Space Law; 2) Master of Laws (thesis and non-thesis); 3) Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.).

1) one term; four months; 2) ​three terms; 3) min two years, if students previously accomplished the LLM programme at the IASL. 

 

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Candidates must possess a Bachelor of Laws degree or an equivalent law degree from an accredited university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0, or its equivalent (upper second class). Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Air and Space Law who do not hold a law degree must fulfill the following two requirements: Have an undergraduate university degree in another discipline, and Possess sufficient professional experience in the fields of Air and/or Space Law to compensate for the lack of a law degree (as determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee).

Prof. Dr. Ram Jakhu and Ms. Maria D’Amico

 

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International Space University (ISU)

Space Law & Policy courses available during the following programmes: 1) Executive Space Course (ESC) in Seattle; 2) Space Studies Programme (SSP) held in different country every year

 

ESC five days; SSP two months

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All programmes are broad and interdisciplinary in their scope. The ISU also offers the Master of Space Studies and the Executive Space Course in Strasbourg, France, as well as the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Programme in Adelaide, Australia.  

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George Washington University, Space Policy Institute in Washington DC

Law: J.D. and LL.M. offered through the George Washington University Law School.

Space Policy: 1) M.A. through the Elliot School of International Affairs, Space Policy Institute; 2) PhD through other GW University Schools (e.g. Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, The Engineering School, in conjunction with the Space Policy Institute).

 

Law: J.D. 3 year program; LL.M. 1 year program

Space Policy: M.A. 2 years; Ph.D. 3-5 years

 

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The J.D. and LL.M. programmes in law include space law related courses among other law related subjects. During the programmes students can get an internships with government, corporate, and not-for-profit organizations dealing with space and related topics. Admission standard: at least Bachelor’s Degree (US) or equivalent from accredited university, plus Graduate Record Examination and/or LSAT.

Prof. Henry R. Hertzfeld (Law) and Prof. Scott Pace (Policy)

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Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC

Space Law related courses available during undergraduate and postgraduate law degree courses

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Seminar in space law assisted by lawyers at NASA and INTELSAT. Possibility of combining the seminar with internships at INTELSAT and NASA.

Prof. Paul B. Larsen

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - OpenCourseWare

OpenCourseWare (OCW) is not a degree program. OCW is a free and open online publication of MIT course materials from one course in space policy, “16.891J/ESD.129 Space Policy Seminar, Spring 2003.” The course is taught by MIT Professors Daniel E. Hastings and Jeffrey Hoffman.

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The free course can be found HERE

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University of Mississippi School of Law, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law

Juris Doctor (J.D.) of Law and Concentration in Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law.

 

3 years

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All space law courses are taught as part of an American Bar Association Accredited Juris Doctor Degree Programme. The Centre publishes the Journal of Space Law. Admission standards: Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and successful completion of the LSAT.

Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln

1) LL.M. Degree in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law (on campus and online); 2) J.S.D Space Law (Doctorate); 3) Executive Certificates in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law

1) one year; 2) over two years 3) two years

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Prof. Frans von der Dunk

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Webster University in Denver and Colorado Springs

Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Space Systems Operations Management with emphasis in either Engineering and Technical Management; or Acquisition and Program Management (in either Denver or Colorado Springs)

 

App. two and a half years

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Ms Margaret Reed: Email1 or Email2

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Instituto Nacional de Derecho Aeronáutico y Espacial (INDAE), Buenos Aires

Postgraduate Diploma in Air and Space Law

 

2 years; 2-3 times a week, evening classes.  

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Prof. Maureen Williams and Dr. Carlos Agostinelli

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University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires

Space Law related courses available for students on Master's Programme in International Relations 

3 terms

Spanish and English

Prof. Maureen Williams

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