Last Friday evening, Victorians and Tasmanians were treated to the beautiful sight of a meteor-like object leaving a bright, burning trail in the sky for over 20 seconds. Impressive as this light show was, it was not a natural astrological event, it was a piece of space debris burning up as it re-entered the Earth’s… Continue reading Australia Should take a Leading Role in Regulating Space Junk
Russia’s test is highly likely to be in answer to the space dominance assertions made by the U.S., and if we want to see a halt or even reduction to the apace arms race, it is incumbent on the U.S. to alter its rhetoric.
During my time as the Acting Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL), at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, I was honoured to be able to organise and facilitate a high level conference on "The Weaponization of Outer Space: Ethical and Legal Boundaries". I moderated a public event,… Continue reading Why Outer Space Matters for National and International Security
Cross-posted from the Civocracy "Debating Security Plus" 2019 forum, which invites security experts to debate specific issues online. I was invited to contribute under the discussion theme "Space: The Next Frontier?" https://www.civocracy.org/dsplus With the creation of the U.S.’s Space Force, and NATO’s announcement this week that outer space will be recognised as a domain of… Continue reading Stop Calling Space a “Frontier”
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