Promoting Space Exploration while discouraging missile proliferation: the role of the HCoC

28 May 2018

On 8 May 2018, in cooperation with UNIDIR, the FRS organised a seminar at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on « Promoting Space Exploration while discouraging missile proliferation: the role of the Hague Code of Conduct »

AGENDA

WELCOMING REMARKS 

  • Dr. Xavier PASCO, Director, FRS
  • Dr. Renata DWAN, Director, UNIDIR
  • François RIVASSEAU, Special Envoy for Space of the European External Action Service (EEAS)

 

I/ THE ‘HCoC’: WHAT ROLE IN PROMOTING THE PEACEFUL USE OF SPACE? 

MODERATOR

  • Ms Emmanuelle MAITRE, Research fellow, FRS

 

PRESENTERS:

  • Amb. Marek SZCZYGIEŁ, Ambassador at large, Security Policy Department, MFA of Poland, HCoC Chair 2017-2018
  • Sebastien MORANTA, Coordinator of Studies, European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
  • Dr. Robert GERSCHNER, Head of Immediate Central Contact (Executive Secretariat), Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria

 

KEY ISSUES:

  • Contribution of the Code to international security, including the field of space
  • Being a subscribing state: commitments and benefits
  • Day-to-day implementation of the Code
  • Impact of the Code on national space development

II/ FROM MISSILE TO LAUNCHER, AND BACK AGAIN? PROLIFERATION & DISSEMINATION IN THE FIELD OF SPACE

MODERATOR:

  • Daniel PORRAS, Space Security Fellow, UNIDIR

 

PRESENTERS:

  • Dr. Xavier PASCO, Director, FRS
  • Tal INBAR, Head of the Space and UAV Research Center, Israel’s Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies
  • Dr. Markus SCHILLER, ST Analytics GmbH

 

KEY ISSUES:

  • Theoric and empiric studies of double-use of launcher technologies
  • Launchers and Missiles: case studies
Research Papers

The HCoC: current challenges and future possibilities

The Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC), currently the only game in town on its topic, marked its 10th anniversary in 2012. It has generated membership comfortably into three figures, and its supporters have tried valiantly to help it make progress. However, even its most enthusiastic admirers would concede that has not fulfilled the hopes and expectations of its founders when they gathered for the opening ceremony in November 2002.

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Issue Briefs

The HCoC and Latin America

Latin America is one of the regions with the highest level of support for the HCoC. This support reflects the historic commitment of the region in favour of disarmament and non-proliferation. The remaining four non-subscribing states – Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico – have voiced concerns about the adoption of the Code outside the United Nations framework and its limited scope.

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