Call For Papers

Aim Of The Competition  | Submission Guidelines

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) invite students and young professionals globally to submit a paper which offers a fresh view on the Outer Space Treaty.

Deadline:30 July 2017 , 23:30 CET



Aim of this competition

The aim of this competition is to write a paper which has a fresh legal view on the Outer Space Treaty. As such, the paper should not discuss the history of the Outer Space Treaty nor just discuss the current legal obligations, or even ambiguous legal obligations, under the Outer Space Treaty. Rather, the paper should consider an actual fresh legal view on the Outer Space Treaty, presenting new legal obligations that should be included, solutions to overcome diverging interpretations of current legal obligations or solutions that fill a void in the existing legal obligations in the Outer Space Treaty. This fresh legal view, however, should not just be an interpretation or perspective in the interest of one or a minority of States. The new legal obligation or solution should take into account the needs and interests of the whole international community and thus should be able to gain the acceptance of said whole international community. It is strongly encouraged that the paper only focus on one issue, rather than try to discuss a number of issues. This will allow the paper to adhere to the word limit while still offering an in-depth study. Beyond this limitation, participants are free to choose their subject, although it is encouraged to choose a unique and novel subject.

The most innovative, interesting or well-written papers will be accumulated and published. Moreover, the selected papers will be used as working material to support the discussion of the 16th Space Generation Congress Working Group titled, "Outer Space Treaty: The Next Fifty Years". (The Space Generation Congress (SGC) is the annual meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council, and will be held in Adelaide, Australia on 21 - 23 September, 2017 prior to the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC).)

By submitting a paper participants consent to publication of their paper or part of it.  


Please send your contribution in both a word and pdf format simultaneously to the following two e-mail addresses to ensure, from a technical point of view, that your contribution is well received: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We look forward to your contribution and thank you for taking part in this space endeavor!




Submission Guidelines

  1. Participation is open for all students and young professionals (graduated within 5 years before the deadline) within the fields of law, policy and international relations. There is no regional restriction on participation. Students and young professionals worldwide are invited and encouraged to submit papers. Submission is limited to one paper per person.
  2. Papers should be submitted in Standard English via e-mail in both Word and PDF format; both the e-mail and paper should include the title of the paper and the author’s name.
  3. The paper should not exceed 5,000 words (excluding bibliography), be written in Times New Roman, size 12 with line spacing 1.5 and include consecutively numbered footnotes (which should be created through the Word footnote function).
  4. The first footnote should contain the name, e-mail address and, if applicable, affiliation (University, Institute, Firm, etc.) of the participant.
  5. The paper should make use of the OSCOLA reference style, both for the footnotes and  the bibliography (at the end of the paper), which can be found here
  6. A short abstract (max. 200 words) should be included after the title but before the start of the paper, the abstract does not count towards the word limit.
  7. A short bio including the authors e-mail address should be added to the paper on the last page of the document, this bio will not count towards the word limit.
  8. The author should have all rights on the submitted paper, which has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
  9. The paper should be written individually, co-authored papers will not be accepted.
  10. Quotations may be in the original language as long as a translation is provided in English.
  11. Spelling should be consistent throughout the paper.
  12. The paper should have numbered pages, placed on the right-hand side of the top of each page.



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