May 28, 2016 News

Editor-in-chief speaks at international space lawyers’ conference

ROOM magazine is pleased to be media sponsor and have a strong presence at the 4th Manfred Lachs International Conference on Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law in Montreal, Canada, today and tomorrow.

The international meeting of space lawyers is addressing issues related to the state-of-the-art in current and future military security technologies and activities, military policies, and the challenges and risks they represent in terms of space security.

Presentations by renowned academics and subject-matter experts are addressing the adequacy and inadequacy of current rules of international space law, public international law, and international humanitarian law with respect to conflict avoidance in outer space.

The current edition of ‘ROOM - The Space Journal’ is themed with a number of space law-related articles, looking at future challenges, space resources policy and the legality of mining in outer space. It is available online or in printed format via the ‘subscription’ page on this website.

Editor-in-Chief Igor Ashurbeyli signed preview copies of his new book 'The Development of Aerospace Defence in the 20th Century' during the pre-conference evening reception.

He also addressed the conference’s opening session suggesting that a new international approach to space, which he dubbed 'astropolitics', was now required.

Dr Ashurbeyli highlighted space-derived threats to mankind ranging from asteroids to sun storms, as well as threats arising on Earth from human activity, including war and global warming.

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