Call for Papers: NALSAR’s Workshop on Liberalization & Privatization of Space Activities India (April 12-13); Submit by March 20

In light of the rapid development of activities in space, and the growing need for enacting a new domestic space law, and integrating divergent regulations dealing with space and space-related matters, we are happy to inform you that NALSAR University of Law is organizing a Two day National Workshop on Liberalization and Privatization of Space Activities in India: Emerging Legal Issues is scheduled to be held on 12th and 13th of April, 2013.

Theme: Liberalization and Privatization of Space Activities in India: Emerging Legal Issues (List of Tentative Topics)

1. Commercialization of India’s Space Activities: the Need for Legal Framework

2. Joint Ventures and FDIs in Indian Space Industry: Emerging Legal Issues

3. Competition Law, Consumer Protection and Space Activities in India

4. The Road/Option for India in IPRs in Space: Divergence or Convergence?

5. Expanding the Indian Space Industry: Issues of Participation and Taxation

6. Special Economic Zones and Space Industry

7. Construction and Engineering Contract in Space Industry: Features and Pitfalls

8. Due-Diligence Know-how in Space Investments: Issues and Concerns

9. Space Law and Technology in India: Scope for a Career in Teaching and Research

10. Legal Controls and Safeguards of Geostationary Orbit: The Indian Side of the Story

11. The Issue of Space Debris and Re-useable Launching Vehicles: The Indian Approach

12. Space Medical Jurisprudence: Issues & Concerns

13. Status and Prospects for Space Finance and Insurance in India

14. Securing the Space: Indian Policy, Issues and Challenges

15. Aerospace Terrorism: Issues and Concerns

16. Commercialization & Privatization of Remote Sensing Activities: Need for a Law

17. Private International Space Station: Legal Issues & Concerns

18. Traffic Rules for Astronauts and Satellites: A case for Extrapolating Air Traffic Rules

19. Space Law and the Contribution of Astrophysicists and Astronomers.

20. Indian Space Technology Exports—Legal Issues & Concerns

21. Touring the Space: Future Policy and Legal Challenges for India

22. Protecting Space Assets of India: A Legal Analysis of ―Keep-Out Zones‖

23. Importance of Space Law in Development of Indian Society and Culture

24. Business in Space: Operating Strategies of India for a Changing Market

25. Space Activities, State Liability & State Responsibility: Indian Approach

26. Legal Aspects of Lower Earth Orbit or Sub-orbit Activities: Issues and Challenges

27. Legal Framework for Spaceports in India: Issues and Concerns

28. Use of Remote Sensing Data in Educational Institutions: Emerging Legal Issues

29. Space Law and Policy in SAARC Region: An Approach

30. Space Policy of China and India: Cooperation or Confrontation?

31. Space Elevator: Emerging Legal Issues

32. Disputes in Space: Does India Need an ADR Mechanism?

33. The Enlargement of ISRO/ANTRIX: Legal Issues

34. Interplanetary Contamination: India’s Legal Policy and Views

35. The India’s Ballistic Missile Defense System and IPR Protection

36. Manning the Moon: Legal Regime of India’ Mission in Outer Space

37. Institutional Framework of India for Space Activities: Present and Futur

38. Communication Revolution in India: the Role of Space Technology

39. Legal Regime of India’s Interplanetary Mission in Outer Space

40. Solar Power Transmission from Outer Space: Legal Aspects in India

41. Human Safety in Outer Space: Legal Issues and Concerns

42. International Space Politics and Diplomacy: The Role of India


It will be a two day workshop spread into four sessions.

The first two sessions of the first day shall focus on issues and concerns related to Liberalization of space industry.

The second day’s two sessions will focus on issues pertinent to privatization.

Each session will have interactive sessions consisting of keynote addresses, paper presentations and discussions. Each session will explore a particular theme on liberalization and privatization and the issues connected to it.


The venue of the Workshop will be the R.N. Jhunjunwala Conference Hall, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (Justice City Campus, Shameerpet).

The air-conditioned conference hall is equipped with multimedia projection capabilities and can accommodate up to 200 delegates. If required there are several other well-equipped venues for parallel sessions within the campus.

Dates to be marked off on your calendar

  • The Conference will be held on April 12th and 13th, 2013.
  • 20th March : Last date for receipt of Title and Abstract of Paper.
  • 23rd March : Intimation regarding the selection of the Abstract for the presentation.
  • 10th April : Submission of Full paper.

Paper Submission Guidelines:

1. Eligibility: Participants willing to send papers must be practicing lawyers, scholars or law students currently in college in India or abroad.

2. Abstract Submission guidelines: The abstract should adhere to the same format guidelines as for the paper and must be restricted only to 500 words.

3. Format of the Submission: The paper should be in the English language, typed on A-4 sized paper, double spaced and Times New Roman Script (12 font). The pages should be consecutively numbered. The mode of citation is the Harvard Bluebook Citation, 19th edition. The paper should not exceed 5000 words. The abstract and Final Paper must be submitted in MS Word Format (.docx or .doc).

4. Authorship: Participants may send papers written either on their own or co-authored with a maximum of one other participant. (Single authorship will be preferred).

5. All professionals, faculty and students interested in attending this conference can register by paying the registration fees (including food and accommodation for two days) as mentioned below:

  •  Professionals: Rs. 3000/-
  •  Academicians: Rs. 2000/-
  •  Students: Rs. 1500/-

6. Registration fees must be sent by way of Demand Draft in favour of Registrar, NALSAR University of Law payable at Hyderabad with an enclosed letter specifying the name, professional qualification and registration category of the participant to the following address, on or before March 30th, 2013.

7. All correspondence about the paper including submissions and clarifications must be sent to Prof. V. Balakista Reddy, Professor of International Law & Head, Center for Air and Spacer Law (CASL), Justice City, Shameerpet, R.R.Dist, Hyderabad – 500078. Andhra Pradesh, Email:, Phone Number – +91-40-23498214.

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