Space legal, regulatory and spectrum management issues

Price: 1000 € 

Date: November 23, 2022

Duration: 4 hours

Language: English

Lecturer :  Frans VON DER DUNK

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General outline

General outline

This session will provide our attendees with the fundamentals of international and national regulations to be considered when implementing space projects (module 1).

Based on these principles, they will be driven through the regulatory specifics governing satellite-based communications (module 2) and satellite-based Earth observation systems and services (module 3).



MODULE 3.1: Introduction to space laws and regulation

 International space law
  • Process for establishing international space laws
  • Main principles introduced through Outer Space Treaties
National space law
  • Five building blocks: authorization, supervision of space activities, state indemnification, state liability, registration of space objects
  • Main disparities between national space regulations
Export control
  • Generalities
  • International transfer of military and sensitive goods and technologies with a focus on U.S. regulations


MODULE 3.2: Focusing on satellite communications regulation

International framework
  • ITU organization, regulatory framework and main principles
  • Frequency allocation/allotment
  • Regional coordination
  • International trade
  • EU regulatory framework
National regulations
  • National regulations and conditions to obtain licenses
  • Processes related to frequency assignment
  • Terminal equipment regulations
Key current challenges
  • NGSO mega-constellations
  • 5G


MODULE 3.3: Focusing on satellite Earth observation regulation

 International Scale
  • UN principles relating to remote sensing of the Earth from Outer Space and their legal value
  • Freedom of investigation in Outer Space
  • Sovereignty of all States over their own wealth and natural resources
  • Legitimate rights and governmental interests towards remote sensing principle
  • Access to collected data
National Scale
  • Overview of main space powers’ Earth observation policies
  • National regulations
International trade
  • Generalities
  • Export conditions for  satellite-based Earth observation systems trade with a specific focus on the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
Duration & Timing

Duration & Timing

4 hours

Module 3.1: ~60 mn (including Q&As)
Module 3.2: ~90 mn (including Q&As)
Module 3.3: ~90 mn (including Q&As)

Delivery Date

Delivery Date

November 23, 2022 (2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. CET)



This session has been designed as an overview of space laws and regulations for attendees with no legal or regulatory background. 



Frans VON DER DUNK, Black Holes (modules 3.1 to 3.3)



Senior Consultant, Space Law and Policy Expert, Black Holes

Frans Von Der Dunk is the Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni / Othmer Professor of Space Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s LL.M. Program on Space and Telecommunication Law. He also is Director of Black Holes BV, a consultancy specialized in space law and policy, based in Leiden. Previously, he was Co-Director, then Director of Space Law Research at the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University since 1990.

He has written over 120 articles and published papers and was a visiting professor at some 25 different universities across the world on subjects of international and national space law and policy, international air law and public international law.

Pr. Von der Dunk is also Director Public Relations of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Member of the Board of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), and Member for the Netherlands in the International Law Association’s (ILA) Committee on Space Law.