The European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) was established in 1989 under the European Space Agency (ESA) with the support of many of the industry’s pioneering actors. The Centre’s activities are based on its charter, which was last amended in 2009. 

The current members of ECSL include professionals from different fields of space sector, such as lawyers, university professors, corporate lawyers and students. One of the Centre’s key objectives is to provide a forum for constructive dialogue on space legislation and to encourage multidisciplinary discussion between Members. The ECSL organises several events each year, including a summer course on space law for students and the European round of the Manfred Lachs Law Moot Court Competition.