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News | Dec. 14, 2023

USSPACECOM to Host Fourth Annual Legal Conference

U.S. Space Command

United States Space Command, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and the United States Air Force Academy’s Law, Technology and Warfare Research Cell will co-host the fourth annual USSPACECOM Legal Conference March 5-7, 2024.

The legal conference is a three-day hybrid event held at Polaris Hall on the United States Air Force Academy campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The first and second days of the event will be broadcast over Zoom. 

The 2024 conference theme is, “Space Futures: The Legal Implications of Space Operations in GEO and Beyond.” The conference title topics are intended to invite speakers, panelists, and attendees to stretch their brains into the near and far distant future of capabilities and operations to ask how space operations might develop and what changes in the law are necessary, if any, to get us there legally.

This year’s panelists will include a broad range of representatives from partner nations, academia, commercial industry, the Departments of State and Defense, and the interagency. Keynote speakers and panelists will discuss, among other topics: interagency guidelines for space congestion and debris mitigation; how the development of intelligence and cyber operations can inform approaches to space operations law; and the future of normative international law and space governance. Panelists will also discuss the international perspective on planetary defense and national security space strategies and the rise of lawfare.

The classified third day will touch on national space priorities and approaches to difficult space law questions. More information about the agenda will be provided as the conference dates approach. Those interested in attending the classified portion of the conference should register early to help ensure timely security processing.

The 2024 USSPACECOM legal conference will invite operators and legal practitioners to challenge current frameworks, ask the right questions, and identify how legal professionals can help shape and enable the future of space operations.

Register for the 2024 USSPACECOM Legal Conference Here!

If you have any questions, please reach out to the USSPACECOM/LTWRC planning team here: