About Mahindra University
Mahindra University is an Indian private university located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, founded by Mahindra Group. Mahindra University is sponsored by Mahindra Educational Institutions (MEI), a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra, the flagship IT company of the Mahindra Group University has majorly 5 different schools – School of Law, Ecole Central School of Engineering, School of Management, School of Education and School of Media.
About the Webinar
The Launch of Sputnik I on October 4, 1957, marked the beginning of a new adventure for the human race in space exploration. This has triggered the need for the international community to establish a legal framework for space activities. The subsequent space activities after Sputnik I have marked a new dimension of human activity.
From the launch of the satellites to marking our presence on Mars, the Moon and the Sun, establishing space stations, Space Colonisations, Space Tourism, Private Participation etc., space endeavours have reached great heights. These endeavours have spurred many issues including the liability of the state actors, environmental concerns, etc. One major reason for such issues is the lack of proper laws to govern space activities.
Though there exist jewel treaties on Space Law like the Outer Space Treaty, Moon Treaty, Liability Convention, and Registration Convention, the adequacy of these treaties/laws is in question with the expansion of the scope of space activities. Contemporary space activities like space tourism, space colonisation, space mining etc., are not adequately addressed in these treaties.
The Indian Space Programmes have mirrored the advancements of global space programs. India had in fact achieved notable milestones compared with other space-faring Nations. However, the legal aspects governing these achievements and issues which might arise due to these programmes are unanswered.
Though India had signed these international space treaties, there is a requirement for domestic laws to address the issues and further development of the space sector. The existing policies serve as a short-term measure, however, a specific Act/legislation shall serve the long-term achievements of Indian space activities.
In view of the above considerations, this session intends to explore the status quo of these issues at national and international levels and also explore the initiatives by the states and organisations to address the legal gaps and loose ends. This session will also enlighten the students as well as domain experts about the significance of Space laws in our day-to-day lives.
- Date: February 10, 2024 [Saturday]
- Time: 11 AM onwards
- Topic: Space, The Final Frontier: Testing Times for Governance Policy and Regulation
- Platform: Zoom
Speaker 1: Advocate, Chinmoy Roy
- Sr. Legal Officer, Antrix Commercial Ltd.
- Commercial Arm of Indian Space Research Organization.
Speaker 2: Prof. (Dr.) Balakista Reddy,
- Professor and Dean, School of Law, Mahindra University.
Moderator: Rishi Raj Bhardwaj
- Assistant Professor, School of Law, Mahindra University.