Law Student of Széchenyi István University at the Model UN COPOUS

In Paris, the sustainable use of outer space was discussed at the Model UN session, which is a simulation of the UN Space Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Main Committee, and one of the law students of Széchenyi István University - Zsuzsanna Csenge Nagy - also participated in the session. The event gave young people, as members of a delegation of a particular country, the opportunity to test their knowledge of space law and gain insight into the operation of the committee.

The second "SGAC x ECSL Model UN COPUOS" event was organised by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) at the European Space Agency's headquarters in Paris. Similarly to the long-established "Model United Nations" programmes, simulating the operations of the United Nations, the event allowed interested students to test their knowledge on international law and space law, their negotiating skills as members of a delegation of a particular nation, and to gain insight into the operations of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. The Committee itself was set up by the UN General Assembly in 1958 and has been a permanent subsidiary organ since 1959, with the active participation of Hungary. This committee drafted the five international treaties that formed the basis of the regulation of space activities in the two decades following the beginning of the space era and is still the central forum for international discussions on the peaceful uses of outer space.

This year, the Model UN COPUOS simulation discussions focused on current issues related to the sustainable use of outer space. The Deák Ferenc Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Széchenyi István University was represented at the event for the first time.

Due to the financial support offered by the institution, it was our law student, Zsuzsanna Nagy Csenge Nagy, who travelled to the event and, as a result of the preliminary draw, participated in the training provided by the experts and in the simulated committee work of the Canadian delegation. She was assisted in her preparation by Prof. Dr. Gábor Sulyok from the Department of International and European Law.

The participation opened up a new direction for the department's talent management activities in the field of space law, effectively complementing our regular participation in the prestigious international space law moot court competition called "Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition”. Owing to the hard work of our students, the University of Győr has now become known to the space law professional community on the European continent.

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