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The Future of Outer Space Security

Understanding the Impact of Outer Space on International Security

Humanity’s growing dependence on space and space assets raises contentious issues. Discussions about the responsibility of humanity’s use of space has become increasingly critical, whether the topic is purely practical, such as mitigating space debris and orbital congestion or, with the advent of new technologies and new actors, has more wide-ranging consequences for governance and space politics.

This course offers a comprehensive analysis of the role of space security in a myriad of fields including:

  • Space technologies
  • Defence
  • Comparative space powers
  • International law
  • Space debris mitigation
  • Space meta-geopolitics and the interplay with terrestrial geopolitics
  • Weaponization of space, and possible avenues of cooperation and conflict.

The course will also develop your understanding of how current and emerging space operations will impact future conflicts and ethical questions.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Professor Sergio Marchisio, Full Professor of International Law and Space Law, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • Professor Heiner Klinkrad, Professor, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
  • Professor Berhard Hofmann-Wellenhof, Professor for Navigation and Satellite Geodesy, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Mr Gérard Brachet, Space Policy Consultant, Paris, France
  • Dr Natália Archinard, Deputy Head of Education, Science and Space Section at Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Dr Alain Dupas, International Space Expert, France
  • Mr Daniel Porras, Associate, LMI Advisors, Washington, DC, USA
  • Mr Christopher Johnson, Space Law Advisor, Secure World Foundation, Washington, DC, USA
  • Mr François Rivasseau, Special Envoy for Space, European External Action Services, Brussels, Belgium


This course is designed for officials from governments and international organisations, as well as members of the military who are in charge of strategy, security and defence policy planning and intelligence. Journalists, engineers and people working in research and development as well
as in the defence industry may also be interested in this module. The course is relevant to anyone with a professional interest in understanding international security challenges of the future.


Geneva, Switzerland


CHF 1'000. Apply before 21 February to qualify for a 15% discount. Alumni qualify for a 20% discount. Certain circumstances are eligible for scholarships.

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The Future of Outer Space Security

Date 22 - 23 Mar 2017

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