6th Edition of GNLU Air and Space Law Academy (GASLA 2021)|20th – 26th September 2021

About the Organizing University

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) is the statutory university established by the Govt. of Gujarat under the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003 . The University is recognized by the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) (2f & 12B) . The University is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) , United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) , International Association of Law Schools (IALS) , Asian Law Institute (ASLI) and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute .

About V.S. Mani Centre for Air and Space

VSMCASL was established in 2019 to engage in various ways in shaping the emerging discourse in the field of Air and Space Law. The vision of the Centre is to engage in improving the existing legal and policy framework for facilitation and regulation of safe, secure, affordable, and sustainable aviation and to contribute to the shaping of the legal foundation for the future of
the humanity that lies in space.

About the GNLU Air and Space Law Academy

States are exhibiting an increasingly keen interest in augmenting investments in developing their capabilities and competencies in the realm of both air and space activities. Non-State actors, including private investors, are no exceptions to this emerging trend. It is becoming evident that a nation’s supremacy in air and space will define international relations in the years to come. Recognizing this potential, the Centre organizes GNLU Air and Space Law Academy (GASLA) as a platform for engaging in discourse on contemporary legal issues in the field of air and space.
The first edition of GASLA was successfully conducted by GNLU in 2016, in collaboration with the Institute of Air and Space Law, the University of Cologne, and the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS). Encouraged by the overwhelming success of the five editions, the V. S. Mani Centre for Air and Space Law (VSMCASL) is pleased to present before you the 6th Edition of GNLU Air and Space Law Academy (GASLA) 2021. The 6th Edition is scheduled to be organized virtually from 20 – 26th September 2021.

Aims and Objectives

▪ To acquaint participants with various aspects relating to the safety and security of aviation and space activities.
▪ To enhance understanding amongst the participants of the various principles enshrined in the international instruments meant for regulating air and space law.
▪ To create awareness amongst participants about recent trends in civil aviation and the militarization and commercialization of outer space.
▪ To enable the participants to understand the various dispute redressal mechanisms in air and space law and their efficacy.
▪ To facilitate discourse amongst stakeholders within the industry about the practical challenges and the feasibility of implementing regulations and policies in air and space law.
▪ To familiarize participants with a country-specific approach with regard to Air and Space law.
▪ To enable participants to appreciate the challenges in developing national aviation and space policy.

Concept Note

▪ International civil aviation is rightfully credited for shrinking the world into a global village. It has matured into a global industry and has succeeded in bringing people together from different geographies and cultures of the world. However, COVID 19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for the global aviation industry. While international commercial flights are the worst hit, flights conducted with humanitarian objectives enhanced the capacity of nations in mitigating its adverse effects. Air Law has endeavored to perform the role of the facilitator by balancing the rights of various stakeholders both at the international and national levels.
▪ Human endeavors in space have continued unabated despite Covid 19 pandemic. Both the US and China successfully landed rovers ‘Perseverance’ and ‘Jhurong’ on Mars respectively. UAE’s Hope Mars Mission is also following up. China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover is exploring the other side of the Moon. The US is steadily moving ahead with its Artemis Programme for having a manned moon mission. The prospect of space tourism has got impetus from recent spaceflights by Virgin Galactic and blue origin. Falcon 9 rocket of Space X launched the Crew Dragon spacecraft with four astronauts to the International Space Station. Japan’s Hayabusa2 has brought samples from asteroid Ryugu back to earth while OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft of the US is on its way back with samples from asteroid Bennu. India is inching closer to the launch of Gaganyan and has recently established INSPACe in order to facilitate its commercial players in an attempt to give much-needed thrust to its domestic space industry. These developments pose peculiar challenges in the realm of Space Law.

Tentative Themes

▪ Latest issues in space law including but are not limited to space tourism, space debris, commercial space mining, environmental harm, space exploration, international liability for incidents in space
▪ National space policies
▪ Current challenges relating to territorial sovereignty and its extension in air and space
▪ Aviation-related crimes and Aerial Terrorism
▪ Air Accidents and Incident Investigation
▪ Regime Governing Military and Civil Airports
▪ Case laws relating to International Air Law

Tentative Resources Person

❖ Dr. Akhil Prasad Director, Country Counsel India & Company Secretary, Boeing
❖ Mr. Ashok G.V, Partner, Factum Law
❖ Dr. Kumar Abhijeet, Legal Officer, Ministry of External Affairs (Confirmation awaited)
❖ Mr. Nitin Sarin, Managing Partner, Sarin & Co.
❖ Dr. Paul Fitzgerald, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University,
❖ Dr. Ranjana Kaul, Partner, Dua Associates.
❖ Prof. (Dr.) Sandeepa Bhat, Professor of Law, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
❖ Prof. (Dr.) Stephan Hobe, Director, Institute of Air Law, Space Law and Cyber Law, University of Cologne, Germany
❖ Dr. V. Gopalakrishnan, Former Policy Analyst, Indian Space Research Organisation
❖ Prof. (Dr.) V. Balakista Reddy, Registrar, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
❖ Mr. Vikrant Panchnanda, Dispute Resolution Counsel and Aviation Attorney, Supreme Court of India
❖ Dr. Divya Tyagi, Assistant Professor of Law, Gujarat National Law University
The sessions would be conducted from 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM (tentatively).

Registration open till 17 September 2021.

Date of event 20th – 26th September 2021.

Expected Tangible Outcomes

• Comprehension of contemporary issues in Air and Space Law
• Proficiency over the technical nuances of Air and Space Law
• Identification of gaps and propose workable legal and policy solutions
• Creation of a network of aspiring students of law, industry practitioners, armed force officers, and other professionals in the field of Air and Space Law.


Legislative and Regulatory Authorities; Armed Forces; Professionals from Aviation and Space Industry; International Organizations; Institutions focused on Private and Public Capacity building; Faculty Members; Scholars; Researchers and Students.

Registration Fee

INDIAN STUDENTS (UG, PG or Full-time Research Scholar): INR 2000 + 18% GST = INR
INDIAN PROFESSIONALS (Academician, Official, etc.): INR 5000 + 18% GST = INR 5900/-
Last date for Registration and payment of Fees: 17th September 2021

Registration Link: CLICK HERE


A certificate with Grade: After qualifying as per parameters including assignment, quiz, and attendance (50% and above).
Certificate of participation: Those who do not qualify as per the above-said norms, but attend all live sessions will be given a certificate of participation.

Modes of Payment

For Indian Nationals: https://www.onlinesbi.com/sbicollect/icollecthome.htm
For Foreign Nationals: Gujarat National Law University; HDFC Bank, G-2, Ground floor,
Super-Mall-II, Info City, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.
Account Number: 24971450000146 Swift Code: HDFCINBB

For more details click here.


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