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Twilight Webinar - 'The Relevance of Space for all of Us: And how to Regulate it'

'The Relevance of Space for all of Us: And how to Regulate it'


The development of space-related technology since the dawn of the ‘space age’ in 1957 has given rise to many new and exciting possibilities. Humankind is now embarking on a broad range of space activities and the utilization of this technology forms an integral element of the global society, such that the world is dependent upon constant and unimpeded ‘access’ to space. Indeed, we all rely on space many times a day to function in society. Yet, the existing international legal and governance framework, largely developed in a very different era of space activities (1960s-1980s), is now under strain to provide the necessary certainty, standards and protections to appropriately address specific uses of space that have emerged. This gives rise to a number of significant challenges for the ongoing global governance of the use and exploration of outer space and, in particular, humankind’s interaction with, and dependency on space-related technology. Important questions arise as to how to address these challenges in a way that will enable humankind to continue to use space for peaceful purposes and to garner significant benefits through such use for the benefit of the global society.  This  Seminar will highlight the complexities of outer space – focusing on the geopolitical, technological and legal considerations in particular -  and will outline important principles that must be considered in developing appropriate frameworks for future space activities, so as best to serve the interests of current and future generations.

About the Speaker

Steven Freeland is Professorial Fellow at Bond University and Emeritus Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, where he was previously the Dean of the School of Law. He also holds Visiting or Adjunct positions at various other Universities/Institutes in Copenhagen, Vienna, Toulouse, Hong Kong, Montreal, Kuala Lumpur and London. Prior to becoming an academic, he had a 20-year career as an international commercial lawyer and an investment banker. He is a Member of the Australian Space Agency Advisory Board and has been an advisor to the Australian, New Zealand, Norwegian and several other Governments on issues relating to national space legislative frameworks and policy. He has represented the Australian Government at Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) meetings and has also been appointed by UNCOPUOS to co-chair multilateral discussions on the exploration, exploitation and utilisation of space resources, which will take place in June 2021. He has also been a Visiting Professional within the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Court, and a Special Advisor to the Danish Foreign Ministry in matters related to the International Criminal Court. He is a Co-Principal of specialised space law firm Azimuth Advisory and is also a Director of the International Institute of Space Law, and a Member of the Space Law Committee of the International Law Association and the Space Law and War Crimes Committees of the International Bar Association. In addition to co-Editing the Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals book series, he also sits on the Editorial Board / Advisory Board of a number of internationally recognised academic journals.