Discussion of The First Thesis in the MASL program"
The College of Law at the University of Sharjah held a discussion of the first Master's thesis in the Air and Space Law Program entitled: "Liability Regime for Damage Caused by Space Debris" under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency the University's Chancellor, Prof. Hamid AL Naimiy, on Tuesday 12/22/2020 at 10:00 am, with the participation of a wide audience that included law professors, engineers specialized in this field, and undergraduate and postgraduate student.
Prof. Imad El Din Ahmad Abdul Hay, Dean of the College of Law, opened the session. He welcomed the support and attendance of the Chancellor of the University, the Vice Chancellor for Scientific Research and Graduate Studies, and the large audience, emphasizing on the uniqueness of this Master program in the region and the world, wishing the student success.
His Excellency Prof. Hamid AL Naimiy, Chancellor of the University, welcomed all attendees and students, thanked the college for its efforts and for this distinguished program, and for the continuous support to its students. He added that today in the country there is an Emirates station to monitor space debris, confirming the uniqueness of such station in the region.
Professor Eng. Walid Al-Rahmani, Assistant Director-General at the General Authority of Civil Aviation, welcomed and thanked the Chancellor of the University and the Deanship of the College of Law, wishing all students success.
His Excellency Eng. Nasser Al-Rashdi, Assistant Director-General of the Emirates Space Agency, in turn, expressed his confidence in this program, as it seeks to enhance the contribution of the space industry and the space field to the knowledge economy of the UAE in particular, and to sustainable development, whether social or economic.
The opening session concluded with the speech of Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Scientific Research and Graduate Studies, who expressed his confidence that this thesis will open the door for the college to propose a doctoral program in the same field to become a leader in the field.
Then the discussion began:
The subject of the thesis touched on the damage caused by space debris in the world, where space remnants mean those natural, including a problem of various meteorites, asteroids, celestial bodies in full size or fragmented from them. As for human waste, it includes everything that falls within the framework of human artifacts sent outside the cover Air to benefit from its services in various fields.
The effects of space debris vary according to its shape, type, path, and nature. Therefore, this research aims to investigate the legal and regulatory frameworks and the basic basis for building and forming a clear vision about the nature of the measures taken, defining the tasks and responsibilities and dividing them among the actors in this process in order to come up with effective and safe solutions with the aim of minimizing the damages of this space waste and making arrangements Necessary in the event of accidents caused by waste. The research also deals with the global legal perception of the United Nations Organization and its policies in dealing with the subject, which is based on statistics and data collected during the period from 1957-2013
The literary and historical perspective on the topic of space debris confirms the urgent need for research and focus on the major and basic axes related to this topic and insists on the importance of the efforts made to come up with a clear, scientific and practical vision to confront this real and imminent danger, which is not possible in any case to ignore it or overlook it
Space debris, whether natural or artificial, which are present in large numbers around the Earth's airspace, affect our planet as well as are affected by each other and as well as to satellites, all of these effects vary among themselves according to their nature, the shape of their path that they take, or their behavior during the approach From the Earth and being affected by the atmosphere, some of them collide with satellites, some of them gradually disappear due to contact with the atmosphere and some of them succeed in penetrating the latter and crossing this shield, forming the most important space remnants that pose a challenge to humans and the planet and the guardianship bodies are put to difficult tests to overcome the negative effects that such accidents inflict on various activities, which are required by a systematic and informative road map, and this can only be achieved by concerting all efforts and harnessing all material and scientific capabilities and Humanity and its organization under the legal framework represented by the United Nations to achieve the desired goal and to complete the efforts with success.