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BIT teacher attended the 60th session of UN-COPUOS and the international seminar on law and policy of outer space

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Translator:News Agency of BIT Li Qiong

Editor: News Center of BIT Zhao Jie

  

  

 

  From June 4th to 17th 2017, at the invitation of the Department of Treaty and Law of Chinese Foreign Ministry, as a member of the Chinese delegation, associate professor Wang Guoyu from the School of Law of BIT attended the 60th session of UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS) held in Vienna, Austria. Appointed by China National Space Administration, Wang participated in the negotiation of the conference and the affiliated conference of the long-term sustainable work group of UN-COPUOS, who is the only expert from a elite university in the Chinese negotiation experts group, and mainly took charge of the first-tier negotiation. 

 

  

 

  Founded in 2011, the long-term sustainable work group of UN-COPUOS’ aim is to make new international rules of outer space and show international society’s increasing attention for the safety of outer space. The work group consists of experts recommended by governments. Since 2012, Wang began to participate in the international negotiation of the work group as a member of Chinese experts group appointed by State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. He participated more than 10 negotiations from 2012 to 2017. The preliminary negotiation is expected to end in 2018. 

 

  

 

  Appointed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, Wang attended the meetings of the science and technology committee, law committee of UN-COPUOS and the conference of UN-COPUOS this year as a member of Chinese delegation and legal counsel. Meanwhile, he also attended the international seminar organized by Europe Space Policy Institute(ESPI) and the conference of the Hague outer space resources management work group. In February 2017, at the invitation of State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, Wang attended the 53th session of the science and technology committee of UN-COPUOS as a member of the Chinese delegation, and participated in the negotiation of the long-term sustainable work group of UN-COPUOS as a Chinese expert, and at the same time organized and participated the bilateral negotiation between China and America, China and Russia as the contact of the Chinese delegation. In March 2017, invited by the Ministry of foreign affairs, Wang attended the 56th session of the law committee of UN-COPUOS. The conference of the law committee of UN-COPUOS is the most authoritative platform to make international rules of outer space, and meanwhile takes charge of the discussion of the hot legal issues of out space, for example the management of the asteroid, the mining in the outer space, the clearance of the space debris, the management of the space traffic. In April, invited by University of Leyden in Holland, Wang attended the 3rd session of the Hague outer space resources management work group as the only Chinese expert. Co-founded by numerous famous international think tanks in 2015, the Hague work group is a semi-official platform to study and make international rules. The work group chose 20 officials from governments, legal experts and counsels, and works on the study and formulations of international rules of outer space resources management, and has an important influence for the lunar exploration project and deep space exploration project of countries around the world. On 13th June, at the invitation of the ESPI, Wang attended and gave a report in the seminar on outer space safety in Vienna headquarters. Funded by European Space Agency, the institute is the most influential think tank for space policy in Europe. 

 

  The above visits have positive significance for our university to expand international influence especially in the field of space law and policy, deepen cooperation with Chinese space agency and enterprises, consolidate the leading position of the space law subject in BIT at home, and build a high-level think tank for space law and policy at home and abroad.

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