Technology, politics and future challenges for the regulation of outer space

Photograph: the milky way

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 18 April 2017


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Steven Freeland


+61 (0)2 6125 3948

The use of space and space-related technology impacts upon all aspects of our lives. Every country is dependent on space for its ongoing functioning and development.

This dependence on space has given rise to a rapid and exponential expansion of technological development, and humankind is now engaged in a vast (and growing) array of space activities, many of which were not contemplated even a few short years ago.

Yet, this rapid technological growth gives rise to complex difficulties in developing appropriate international and national mechanisms and rules to properly regulate what is, at the same time a highly political domain and a ‘global commons’.

This seminar will address some of the major challenges facing regulators and those seeking to develop appropriate legal rules to manage current and future activities in the exploration and use of outer space.

About the Speaker

Steven Freeland is Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, Australia, where he teaches both postgraduate and undergraduate students, and supervises PhD students, in the fields of International Criminal Law, Commercial Aspects of Space Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna, a Permanent Visiting Professor of the iCourts Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Denmark, a Member of Faculty of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law, Visiting Professor (from 2017) at Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, and was a Marie Curie Fellow in 2013-2014. He has been an Expert Assessor of Research Proposals to the Australian Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and has taught at Universities in over 20 countries.

He sits on the Editorial Board of a number of international journals, including the Australian International Law Journal, the Canada-based Annals of Air and Space Law, the German-based German Journal of Air and Space Law, the China-based Space Law Review and the London-based ROOM Space Journal, as well as the Editorial Board of the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia, Planetary Science, and on the Advisory Board of the India-based Asian Journal of Air and Space Law, the Belarus-based Belarusian Yearbook of International Law and the UK-based Journal of Philosophy of International Law, as well as a series of books entitled Studies in Space Law.

He has authored approximately 300 publications on various aspects of International Law and has been invited to present over 800 expert commentaries by national and international media outlets worldwide on a wide range of legal and geopolitical issues.

For more information, visit his UWS profile.

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