Friday, 11 December 2015

Aviation security: Recent regulatory developments in the EU

In response to the ongoing security situation in Europe, a series of regulatory developments has occurred in the EU: the EU Council reached an informal with the EU Parliament on the content of a proposed cybersecurity Directive, which includes aviation; the European Commission presented a proposal for Directive on terrorism, which includes travelling abroad for terrorist purposes; the European Council approved a legislative proposal for a Directive on an EU-wide Passenger Name Records (PNR) system.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Putting things into perspective: Some comments on the US Space Resource and Utilization Act of 2015

On November 25, President Obama signed into law the Space Resource and Utilization Act of 2015. The Act recognizes property rights of US citizens on asteroid resources they have extracted. The Act has been received by both enthusiasm and scepticism regarding its effect on international space law. However, a brief analysis of the situation from a technological, legal and US-domestic perspective reveals that importance of the Act lies mainly in the domestic US politics and economy.