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RespectUs Academy: Course "Contracts in the space sector" - 23 May 2023 (free)

Contract negotiation and management in the space sector

Course hours:

23 May 2023, 16.00 - 18.00 h

Course Description

Put yourself in a much better negotiation position when managing commercial contracts in the space sector by understanding the basics of contract law and the main legal aspects of a commercial space project, regardless being the supplier or the customer. This course, offered by RespectUs and created by NautaDutilh, will guide participants with or without legal background through the consecutive phases of a commercial space project, and detail the legal points of attention per phase.

Course outline

  • Pre-contractual phase: negotiations and breaking off negotiations in good faith, from informal talks to enforceable commitments (legal value of RfP, letters of intent, gentlemen's agreements)

  • Drafting a 'space contract': typical content and legal aspects on the content, supplier and customer obligations, service description, service levels, liability, and intellectual property rights assignments and/or licensing.

  • Incidents during contract performance: remedies for lack of performance, liability exclusions and limitations, transfer of risk arrangements

  • Management of a 'space contract': change request and escalation procedures, audit clauses and changed circumstances

  • Exit of a 'space contract': termination rights and ensuring continuity

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • understand the importance of typical space contract clauses;

  • be able to recognize legal liability risks in contracts, and how to reverse them;

  • be able to ask themselves the right questions in the negotiation and management of space contracts;

  • be able to formulate the right answers and, as a result, be better positioned in discussions with the other contractual party or parties;

  • understand which clauses are particularly important depending on the type of space contract concerned;

  • have obtained some practical tips to use when drafting space contracts and SLAs.

Who should attend:

This course is designed for anyone with or without legal background that deals with the contractual aspects of a commercial space project and seeks a basic understanding of contract law (engineers, CEOs, CFOs, legal counsels, contract officers …). No legal background is required to be able to follow the course.


Sigrid Heirbrant,
Senior Associate, Admitted lawyer in Luxembourg and Brussels, NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg

Sigrid Heirbrant is a qualified lawyer at NautaDutilh Luxembourg's Space, TMT & IP practice. Sigrid holds a master's degree in law from the University of Ghent (Belgium, 2013) and a LL.M. in Space Law, Communication and Media Law from the University of Luxembourg (2019). She is admitted to the Brussels bar and to the Luxembourg bar association (List IV).

Sigrid assists clients in the field of commercial contracts, with a focus on technology law, IT, IP an data protection, as well as in the field of media, space and telecom regulations Sigrid Heirbrant has extensive experience in the area of space law, advising Luxembourg and international clients active in the sector. She is a member of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) and the AMCHAM Luxembourg Space Committee.

Sigrid is a regular speaker at legal seminars and author of several publications and has been working for 6 years as teaching assistant in contract law at the University of Ghent (Belgium).

Course mode & size:

In presential mode only (no access online)

Course followed by a networking cocktail

Max. 40 participants


NautaDutilh , 2 Rue Jean Bertholet, L-1233 Luxembourg

What else is included:

Course materials and participation certificate


Free of charge

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