International conference on Space Law held at GUB
Green University of Bangladesh (GUB) organized the country's first conference on Space law titled "International Conference on Space law: Implication in Developing Countries" on 16 August 2018. The conference mainly focused on the implication of International space law in developing countries.
Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Chairman of the Department of Law, GUB gave the welcome speech and illustrated the objectives of the conference.
Mr. Mizanur Rahman Khan, Joint Editor, Daily Prothom Alo, shed light on the efforts and involvement of people behind the successful launch of Bangabandhu Satellite 1. Thereafter, Professor Dr. Golam Ahmed Faruqui, Dean, Department of Law, GUB, emphasized the prospects and challenges of space business and space tourism opportunities in his speech.
Md. Aminul Hasan, Commissioner (SM), Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), shared his experience addressing the challenges behind the launching of Bangabandhu Satellite 1 as he was the strategic advisor of the operation.
The keynote speaker Professor Dr. Stephan Hobe, Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Cologne, discussed the jurisprudential enigmas of the International Space Treaty. He thoroughly discussed the provisions of the International Space Treaties and emphasized the importance of a more substantial and authoritarian set of laws to regulate the traffic and resources management of the outer space.
Dr. Md Mohiuddin, Joint Secretary, Ministry of law and parliamentary affairs, acknowledging the importance of ratifying the Outer Space Treaty shed light on government's further plans to enact and modify the legislation.
Later, Dr. Md. Golam Samdani Fakir, Vice Chancellor, GUB, emphasized his concern in respect of Space sector in Bangladesh and also mentioned some of the alarming situations those might take place in future such as lack of proper implementation of Space Law.
The plenary session of the Conference comprised of some research papers presented by researchers namely, Mr. Shahadat Hossain, Mr. Arif Ahmed, Ms. Farjana Nipa, Ms. Maimuna Syed Ahmed, Md. Rakibul Islam, Md. Sefat Ullah and Mr. Hasan Al Zubayer Rony. The papers focused mainly on the lack of legal instruments in the domestic jurisdiction and outdated infrastructure and technical shortcomings of the developing countries in the air and space technologies, additionally, discussed on problems of debris, custom security and recommended some proposals regarding the alarming situation of aviation and space sectors.
Furthermore, the future of global governance & sustainable development through space were also discussed by the presenters. The plenary session concluded with an open discussion and question & answer session, additionally, adopting a resolution in order to develop the Space law.
The last part of the conference was Poster Presentation Session where the students of GUB presented posters addressing Outer Space Treaty, Space Launch and so on.
The event covered by K. M. Nasir Uddin,
student of law, Green University of Bangladesh