Between 25-29 October 2021, Mr Hamza Hameed (Legal Consultant at UNIDROIT) participated in the International Astronautical Congress 2021 (IAC 2021) organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the Muhammad Bin Rashid Space Centre of the UAE in Dubai.

This conference had over 4000 registered participants from various sectors of the space industry, such as high-level representatives from ministries, space agencies, as well as the private sector. Mr Hameed delivered two technical presentations on the following topics:

  1. Secondary Market for Space Assets – The Economic Case for On-Orbit Servicing as a Mechanism to Extend Satellite Life Cycles and Mitigate Space Debris, as part of the IAF Symposium on Space Security in the session on ‘Political, Legal, Institutional and Economic Aspects of Space Debris Mitigation and Removal – STM Security’;
  2. Security Interests In Extra-Terrestrial Infrastructure, as part of the IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space in the session on ‘The relations between Trade Law, Finance and Space Law’.

Both these presentations explored the benefits of an international system of secured transactions law for the space industry, as promoted by the Space Protocol of the Cape Town Convention. Mr Hameed was awarded the Space Generation Leadership Award for 2021 by the Space Generation Advisory Council, which facilitated his attendance at IAC 2021.

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