National Space Law in Poland

Past, Present and Future


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Poland has a long tradition of space-related research and activities, going back to the 15th-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. In the 21st century, the Polish space sector is building stable cooperation between science and industry, developing innovative technologies, and stimulating contacts and foreign cooperation, despite the government only devoting around 0.01 percent of Poland’s GDP to its space sector.

This overview of the Polish space sector covers the heritage of space-related activities in Poland, present-day development of space law in Poland, and a review of present applications and regulations in both commercial and public applications.

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Anna Konert is Professor of Aviation Law, attorney-at-law, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration, Director of the LL.M in Aviation Law, Director of Aviation Law and Professional Pilot Licence, Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law at Lazarski University in Warsaw, Director of the Lazarski Aviation Academy, Member of the Committee of European Air Law Association, and a former lawyer for Air France in New York’s office.

Frans G. von der Dunk is the Harvey & Susan Perlman Alumni/Othmer Professor of Space Law at the University of Nebraska. He has published widely on space law and policy, including the Handbook of Space Law (2015) and an Advanced Introduction to Space Law (2020).
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Notes on Contributors

  Anna Konert

1 A Brief History of Polish Space Policy and Strategy
  Anna Nałęcz-Kobierzycka, Jakub Ryzenko

2 A Survey of Polish Involvement in Space and Space Activities
  Jakub Ryzenko and Anna Nałęcz-Kobierzycka

3 Defining Outer Space – Continued Debate on the Scope and Applicability of Space Law
  Julia Hetlof

4 International Legal Regime for Space Activities Applicable to Poland
  Tomasz Balcerzak and Julia Anna Hetlof

5 Polish Space Activities in Europe
  Tomasz Balcerzak

6 The Polish Legal System – an Overview
  Dominika Harasimiuk

7 Draft of the Polish Space Act
  Ewa Jasiuk

8 Intellectual Property Protection for Space Activities in Poland: The Study of Polish Patent Law
  Katarzyna Krupa-Lipińska

9 The Polish Vision on Space Activities A Review of Current and Proposed Legislation and Space Policy Developments – Looking towards the Future
  Julia Anna Hetlof and Agnieszka Kunert-Diallo

Concluding Remarks
  Frans von der Dunk



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