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SPRS/ESPI/IAA/IISL Conference on

Current legal issues for satellite Earth observation

ESPI, Vienna, Austria
8-9 April 2010

Final Programme

Satellite Earth observation is becoming more and more an efficient tool for monitoring all kinds of resources of Earth. Remotely sensed data are now a reliable basis for decision-making in many areas of society. We experience increasing resolutions both spatially and spectrally. Constellations of small satellites are capable to provide good daily coverage of the Earth's surface and allow to increase the temporal resolution. The progress resulting from satellite Earth observation allows to expand the application fields but also brings to light new problems to be discussed in a broader public debate. This Conference deals with two important and topical aspects of satellite Earth observation: - treaty monitoring and law enforcement through satellite Earth observation, - privacy conflicts from high resolution imagery. It brings together experts from the remote sensing and in the legal fields. It i.a. aims at decision-makers in the field of treaty monitoring and international law enforcement (foreign and environment ministries, international organizations). This provides the unique opportunity to discuss the different implications stemming from the technology developments and applications as well as from legal and regulatory perspectives. The focus of the discussions at this Conference is to optimise the regulatory framework for satellite Earth observation thus supporting the full implementation of its potentials.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

14:00-14:15 Welcome
Orhan Altan, President ISPRS
Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Director ESPI
Tanja Masson-Zwaan, President IISL
Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General IAA

14:15-14:30 Introduction
Rainer Sandau, Chairman ISPRS-IPAC

14:30-18:00 Session 1
Treaty monitoring and law enforcement through satellite Earth observation

Session Chair: Orhan Altan

14:30-15:15 Overview on legal issues
Ray Purdy, Deputy Director of the Centre for Law and the Environment
Faculty of Laws, University College London, Bentham House

15:15-16:00 What’s in GMES for treaty monitoring and law enforcement
Gunter Schreier, GMES Coordinator
German Aerospace Center DLR, Oberpfaffehofen

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:15 The Charter on Space and Major Disasters Atsuyo Ito
Researcher, Tokyo

17:15-18:00 Use of satellite data for treaty monitoring
Jana Jentzsch, Attorney-at-law, Hamburg

18:00-18-45 Use of satellite data for law enforcement
Jean-Francois Mayence, Legal Affairs and International Relations
Belgian Federal Office for Science Policy, Lector Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

19:30 Reception

Friday, 9 April 2010

09:00-12:30 Session 2
Privacy conflicts from high resolution imaging

Session Chair: Frans von der Dunk

09:00-09:45 Overview on legal issues
George Cho
Chair, Academic Board, Professor of Geoinformatics and the Law
Faculty of Applied Science, University of Canberra

09:45-10:30 What is “privacy”? Perceptions around the world
Catherine Doldirina, Institute of Air and Space Law
McGill University, Montréal

10:30-11:15 The European Convention on Human Rights and EC law -
'Two European legal approaches to privacy, as relevant to high-resolution imaging
Frans von der Dunk, Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni/Othmer
Professor of Space Law, Space and Telecommunications Law Program
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law

11:15-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-12:30 Google’s Earth Observation interests
Ed Parsons
Geospatial Technologist
Google, London

12:30-13:30 Roundtable
Rainer Sandau and Kai-Uwe Schrogl
George Cho
Tanja Masson-Zwaan
Ray Purdy
Gunter Schreier

13:30 Closing and buffet lunch


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Schwarzenbergplatz 6
(Entrance: Zaunergasse 1-3)
A-1030 Vienna, Austria
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