(February 24th, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Representation of the European Commission to Bulgaria, Sofia)
On February 24th, 2012 the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria organized in the office of the Representation of the European Commission to Bulgaria the official presentation of the book “Contemporary Issues for National and International Space Law” by Prof. Alexander Yankov, Dr. Solomon Passy, Mr. Stanimir Ilchev, Mr. Krassimir Bojanov and Ms. Rada Popova.
Co-author of the book is Prof. Steven Freeland – one of the most prominent international experts and Professor of International Law at the University of Western Sydney in Australia. The book was funded by The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe /ALDE/ and realized by the Atlantic club of Bulgaria with the support of the Fund for Scientific Research in Ministry of Education, Youth and Science. The book begins with brief description of the content written by Stanimir Ilchev – Member of the European Parliament in the ALDE group. He shared his idea about the crucial role of space applications in the modern world that consequently creates a need for legal regulation of human activity. The book focuses on questions about the place of Space Law in international relations and Maritime Law as well as on legal issues about current space activities.
The presentation was opened by Dr. Solomon Passy, the president of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, who expressed his gratitude for the collaboration of the institutions supporting the publication of the book and for the contribution of the doyen of the Bulgarian International Law Prof. Alexander Yankov. He stressed on a numbers of initiatives of the Atlantic club of Bulgaria in support of mastering global natural resources. Initiatives like the Bulgarian participation in the research of South Pole, the inclusion of Bulgaria in the European Space Agency, etc. The latest initiative of Dr. Passy is the sending of Bulgarian astronaut in the Space with a NASA team. Mr. Stanimir Ilchev added that the conquest and exploration of Space by man is of great importance in modern world and Bulgaria should be actively involved.
Prof. Yankov said that it was necessary to make the interdependence between current problems of space law and those of Maritime Law. It could be found in numerous international treaties and conventions such as the Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration of Outer Space, The Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space.
Ms. Rada Popova, who specialized Space law in Vienna,and worked in 2010 at UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, shared her concerns about the space pollution. As a result of the human activity millions of particles are already moving around the Earth threatening the existing space facilities and maritime satellites that provide navigation. Mr. Passy added that Swiss scientists develop rubbish collectors in space.
The presentation ended with a view towards the future and the common efforts in the preservation of Space.