Space Governance Innovation Contest

Crowdsourcing International Law

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The Space Governance Innovation Contest is organized in partnership with the Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative Space Advisory Project, Space in Africa, the Lagos Court of Arbitration and the Outer Space Institute . For this contest, interdisciplinary teams of innovators will compete to address policy gaps in international space law. The sections below contain information about the background and requirements of the contest, criteria of assessment, and information on registration and submission portals. The submissions will be judged by an international panel of experts.

Prizes include cash prizes, international and virtual internships, publication opportunities and other rewards.

Interplanetary Initiative Arizona State University
Space in Africa
Lagos Court of Arbitration
Outer Space Institute

The Contest Question

Using international law, is it possible to bridge the policy gaps in the Outer Space Treaty (OST) to promote a sustainable and equitable new space economy? If so, what new instruments are required or how can existing instruments be optimized to address the new challenges raised by the new space economy? How can we responsibly innovate the future of space governance?

Note: Detailed examples of policy gaps as well as internship host descriptions can be found here.

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Contest Requirements

This contest requires participants to design an international policy and an instrument that would achieve the following:

  • Establish what would be the common benefit for countries and private actors to pursue an in-space or space-oriented economy and its governing principles.
  • Define investment (monetary and non-monetary) needed for your proposed tool or model.
  • Examine ways in which the stated investments needed can be organized or encouraged among existing systems. What stakeholders would be involved? What cooperation is needed to make your tool work?
  • Determine specific provisions that would address the policy gap that you have chosen.
  • Prepare the argumentation in support of policy position and provision.

Contestants should note the following:

  • Proposals can model any type of international law instruments and regimes, particularly where there are defined targets and goals which require some kind of investment that could be applicable in the context of a proposed space economy.
  • Ideas for a framework that incentivizes and protects investments, as well as facilitates a shared collaborative sense of a public good, are encouraged.

Timeline

The competition will span through 5 stages:

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Stage 1: Commencement of Registration of Intent (11 November 2019)
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Stage 2: Close of Registration of Intent (13 December 2019)
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Stage 3: Commencement of Submissions/Entries (14 December 2019)
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Stage 4: Submissions/Entries Deadline (14 February 2020)
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Stage 5: Announcement of Results at the Outer Space Institute’s International Research Roundtable on Sustainable Development of Space, UBC, Vancouver, Canada (early March 2020)

Submission Guidelines

Registered teams are invited to submit the required documents. Did you miss the team registration deadline? No problems! Kindly select NO in the first question prompt in the submission form. The form will request basic details about you and your team in addition to the required documents.

  • Introduction of the Team (<1 page)
  • The Model Instrument
  • Argumentation Essay (maximum 20 pages, double-spaced)

In the Argumentation Essay you must introduce:

  1. The policy gap you are addressing and why it’s important.
  2. The argumentation for your model instrument (Why would it be effective? What makes you believe your instrument is fit to address the gap?)
  3. How do ideas of responsible innovation play into thinking about governance innovation?

Assessment Criteria

  • The extent to which the model instrument and argumentation meet the contest objectives.
  • The model instrument must be compatible with the existing 5 international space law treaties, and relevant principles and guidelines.
  • The model instrument includes ways to deal with dispute resolution.
  • The model instrument and argumentation employ creativity balanced with viability.

Contest Rules and Guidelines

  • This contest is open to African students currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at any recognized institution of higher learning across the world and Alumni of the African Regional rounds of the IISL Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition.
  • Interested participants should register an intent to participate in the contest by 13 December, 2019.
  • Entries for this contest are submitted on a group/team basis. Individual submissions are not allowed. Not more than one entry can be submitted per team.
  • Each team may not exceed more than 4 people. Interdisciplinary teams with at least one lawyer, law student, or someone within legal studies are strongly encouraged.
  • Entries for this contest must be submitted no later than 12:00am GMT, on the 14 February, 2020
  • Entries must be submitted in the English Language.

Panel of Judges

The submissions will be judged by the following international panel of experts:

  • Leslye Obiora, Professor of Law, University of Arizona, former Nigerian Minister of Mines and Steel Development
  • Oluwatosin Lewis, Executive Secretary, Lagos Court of Arbitration, Nigeria
  • Stuart Bruce, Senior Legal Associate, WilmerHale, UK
  • Thomas Cheney, Space Governance Lecturer, Open University, UK
  • Helena Correia Mendonva, Principal Consultant, Vieria de Almeida & Associados(VdA), Portugal
  • Magda Cocco, Partner Aviation Space and Defence, Vieria de Almeida & Associados(VdA), Portugal

Resources

Submissions are now open!

Registered teams are invited to submit their Model Instrument and Argumentation Essay. Did you miss the team registration deadline? No problems! Kindly select NO in the first question prompt in the submission form. The form will request basic details about you and your team in addition to the required documents.

For enquiries please contact Ms. Nifemi Awe at n.awe@lca.org.ng

Visit the FAQ page to learn more and watch the Webinar video.

Disclaimer

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Interplanetary Initiative Arizona State University
Space in Africa
Lagos Court of Arbitration
Outer Space Institute