NSLINational Space Legislation Initiative

Photo of Space Policy Practitioners Workshop during APRSAF-26

NSLI Report submitted to the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee (LSC)

As part of its activity, NSLI Study Group made a report on the status of national space legislation in the NSLI participating countries, namely Australia, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippine, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam. The report was jointly submitted to the 60th session of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee, 2021, from the nine countries.

Publications on NSLI

Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) 2021, Legal Subcommittee 60th Session (June 2021)

Side Event on “the Role of the National Space Legislation in Advancing the Rule of Law in Outer Space – Efforts and Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region –“

Asia-Pacific Region Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Online 2020 (November 2020)

IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, IAC 2020 Cyber Edition (October 2020)

“A Regional Initiative for Studying the Status of National Space Laws (IAC-20-E7.5.10)”


National Space Legislation Initiative aims to realize the following objectives through the establishment of a Study Group among the space law/policy practitioners in Asia-Pacific countries:

  • To promote information sharing and mutual learning on the practices and examples of national space legislation and/or policies in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • To enhance the Asia-Pacific countries’ capacity to draft and implement their national space legislation and/or policies in accordance with international norms

The Initiative was reviewed at the APRSAF ExCom, proposed at the Space Policy Practitioners Workshop during APRSAF-26, and authorized at the Plenary Session of APRSAF-26.

Outline of Activities:

  • Participating countries will provide the information on national space legislation.
  • Study Group will draft a report on the status of national legislation in the Asia-Pacific Region, which will be submitted to the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee (LSC). (March, 2021)


Membership is open to national governmental organizations of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region. An organization wishing to participate in the Initiative, please inform the NSLI Secretariat (

Framework of Operation

  • Initiative is open to the countries in Asia-Pacific Region.
  • Participation is voluntary.
  • The term of the Initiative will be about 2 years.
  • The membership of Study Group (SG) is nominated by the participating country.
  • SG will be led by a chair or co-chairs. Secretariat will be set up to support.
  • Participating country will provide information on the national legislations using common form with original documents.
  • The report will include the filled-in form and some findings studied by the SG.
  • SG will meet on the occasions of UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee (LSC), APRSAF, and ad hoc meetings (including telephone and video conferences) to study the information provided from each participating organization.
  • SG will make a report by the end of 2020 for the submission as conference paper of the UNCOPUOS LSC (March 2021).
  • Evaluation of the Activities will be considered for setting up the Space Policy and Law WG.