The Intertwining of Commercial and Military Interests during Peacetime and Conflict in Outer Space

For the launch of a new volume edited by Bill Boothby, titled "New Technologies and the Law in War and Peace", Opinio Juris hosted an online symposium. I was honoured to receive an invitation to take part, and chose to respond to Melissa de Zwart's great chapter on outer space. The full blog post appears… Continue reading The Intertwining of Commercial and Military Interests during Peacetime and Conflict in Outer Space

India just launched an anti-satellite weapon, and the U.S. is unlikely to do anything about out

Cross-posted from The Rule of Law Post, a blog hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL). I was honoured to be the Acting Executive Director of CERL for a brief period in 2018, and to organise and host a national conference on "The Weaponization of… Continue reading India just launched an anti-satellite weapon, and the U.S. is unlikely to do anything about out

Space needs more Canada – but Canada needs a better approach to space

This op-ed appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on April 1st, 2019, and is reproduced in full below. It can be found here: https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/steer-space-needs-more-canada-but-canada-needs-a-better-approach-to-space Cassandra Steer Updated: April 1, 2019 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to high school students at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters on Feb. 28, in St. Hubert, Que. Ryan Remiorz / THE… Continue reading Space needs more Canada – but Canada needs a better approach to space

India just launched an anti-satellite weapon – Canada should speak up

On Wednesday India announced that it successfully tested an anti-satellite weapon, destroying one of its own satellites with a missile, and that it has thereby joined the elite club of China, Russia and the U.S. who have demonstrated this capability over recent decades. This is concerning for many reasons, and Canada has an opportunity and… Continue reading India just launched an anti-satellite weapon – Canada should speak up

Should Canada have it’s own “Space Force”?

A colleague of mine at Space Strategies Consulting Ltd (SSCL) suggested we write a response to the recent article published in CBC News about whether Canada should have it's own Space Force. The original title we submitted was "A Space Force for Canada may not be as fantastical as you think". The tricky thing with… Continue reading Should Canada have it’s own “Space Force”?