The Way Forward for Promoting Awareness of Space Law in Asia: A Proposal for Institutional Capacity Building

Author:Yun Zhao
Position:Associate Professor at Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. LL.B. (CUPL), LL.M. (CUPL/Leiden), Ph.D. (Erasmus).
Pages:335-349
SUMMARY

International cooperation in outer space affairs has always been considered vital to the development of space activities. Such cooperation happens in different levels and different areas. Regional cooperation is especially meaningful to the regions concerned. We have witnessed important developments of space cooperation in Asia in the last few years. However, the cooperation so far is largely... (see full summary)

 
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The Way Forward for
Promoting Awareness of
Space Law in Asia:
A Proposal for Institutional
Capacity Building
Yun Zhao
International cooperation in outer space affairs has always been considered vital to
the development of space activities. Such cooperation happens in different levels and
different areas. Regional cooperation is especially meaningful to the regions
concerned. We have witnessed important developments of space cooperation in Asia
in the last few years. However, the cooperation so far is largely limited to
technological aspects. We urgently need to see the cooperation in promoting
awareness of space law in this region. This article proposes that the establishment of
the Asia-Pacific Space Law Center, modeling on the European Center for Space Law,
could fill the gap and play an important role in the promotion and education of space
law in Asia. Nevertheless, in view of the current situation in the region, we may
need to adopt the second best approach, that is, to establish a section within the Asia-
Pacific Space Cooperation Organization solely dealing with promoting regional
cooperation for space law.
Keywords
Space Cooperation, Asia-Pacific Space Law Center, Asia-Pacific
Space Cooperation Organization, Capacity Building
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* Associate Professor at Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. LL.B. (CUPL), LL.M. (CUPL/Leiden), Ph.D.
(Erasmus). This article stems in part from a paper presented at the International Conference on the Law of Outer
Space titled, The Role of Law in an Asian Space Age: Institutions and Applicationsat Jakarta, Indonesia during
June 6-7 2011. The author may be contacted at: zhaoy@hku.hk / Address: KK Leung Building, HKU Pokfulam Road,
Hong Kong.

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