Space Disputes: Why is arbitration the next/best frontier?

As part of Paris Arbitration Week 2023, Bird & Bird is delighted to welcome you to its conference on ‘Space Disputes: Why is arbitration the next/best frontier?’

The event, organized by our partners Jalal El Ahdab and Jean-Claude Vecchiatto, will take place in the Paris office of Bird & Bird at 2 rue de la Chaussée d’Antin, 75009, close to Opéra, and will last for 2.5 hours, starting at 10 AM, or can be followed remotely. A lunch cocktail will follow the session at 12:30 PM.

With the rise of the private sector in the space industry, panellists will be discussing the need for a new global regime regulating space activity. Counsel, arbitrators and other players from the industry will delve into the legal and financial aspects of investing in the space industry, as well as the current and potential disputes arising in the sector, and how to best settle them: remediation of space debris; which “applicable law” in the “space jurisdiction”; the notion of ownership beyond national frontiers and whether it can apply to other planets, the Moon, and other celestial bodies; financing or securing satellites in the midst of economic sanctions; and the clash between international treaties, national laws and regulations, the laws of war… and more!

The panel discussion will be moderated by Jalal El Ahdab and Jean-Claude Vecchiatto (partners at Bird & Bird).

Speakers include:

  • Philippe Achilleas, Professor of Public Law – Director of the Institute of Space and Telecommunications Law (Idest) – University Paris Sud
  • Loïc Amiand, Head of Legal of Airbus Space Systems
  • Thierry Cunzi, Corporate Counsel Europe for Northrop Grumman
  • Marco Ferrazzani, Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Services department at the European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Francesco Giobbe, FPG Consulting, former Group General Counsel of MBDA
  • James Plummer, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Inmarsat
  • Edouard Ricard, VP, Legal & Contracts, CCO, Thales Alenia Space

We look forward to having you join us.


09:45-10:00 CET Registration for in-person event 
10:00-12:30 CET In-person/remote event
12:30 CET Cocktail lunch




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75009 Paris

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