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5th Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance and the UN 2030 Agenda

Date: May 5-6, 2017

Location: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, CA,

The 2017 Manfred Lachs Conference (MLC17) will be hosted by McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 5-6 May 2017 in order to address: What are the governance mechanisms related to global outer space activities that ought to be adopted to facilitate achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals? For details, see the attached announcement.

By this Call for Papers, the organizers of the Conference seek papers that, among other things, will discuss and critically analyze the current technical, economic, political, strategic, and legal challenges in the design of global space governance mechanisms to effectively achieve the UN 2030 Agenda and its identified SDGs. Papers should be between 2,500 and 4,000 words in length and must specifically and directly address the theme of the Conference.

Interested authors may submit an abstract not exceeding 250 words via e-mail to Aram Kerkonian at: by 31 January 2017. The abstract must indicate the precise topic or title of the paper, the author's (or authors') full name(s), full contact details including valid email address, and current institutional affiliation. Please submit your abstract via e-mail with the subject: “5th MLC17 Abstract – [Author(s) LAST NAME]”. The language of the Conference will be English and, as such, we will accept only abstracts and papers written in English.

Each submitted abstract will be evaluated on the basis of its technical quality, innovative ideas and relevance to the theme of the Conference. All authors whose abstracts are selected and who proceed to submit duly completed papers by the applicable deadline will be permitted to orally present their papers at the Conference. The Conference registration fee will be waived for authors who participate in the Conference as speakers. Suitable scholarly papers of the highest quality may also be published as part of an edited collection.


31 January 2017                        Deadline for abstract submission

24 February 2017                      Notification to authors

14 April 2017                           Deadline for paper submission (“no paper – no podium”)

5-6 May 2017                           Conference

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