Space Mining and National Appropriation

Last year the US passed a bill that purports to give exclusive rights to US companies to mine asteroids and reap the economic profits of their activities. While I am in full support of encouraging the development of this new industry, the law has divided the space community. There are those who believe it is… Continue reading Space Mining and National Appropriation

International Space Law in “The Martian” (cross-posted from IntLawGrrls)

(This entry is cross-posted from IntLawGrrls: http://ilg2.org/2016/01/12/international-space-law-in-the-martian/) So it took me a while to catch up, but I finally watched the film “The Martian”, in which the main character, Mark Watney, is left behind on Mars when the rest of his crew makes an emergency departure, assuming he is dead at the time. I expected… Continue reading International Space Law in “The Martian” (cross-posted from IntLawGrrls)

Why international law matters in outer space – Part I

Cross-posted from Intlawgrrls Image credit: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120518-danger-space-junk-alertMost of us don’t think about outer space when we think of international law, but the technologies that allow us to expand our exploration and use of our space environment also drive our modern global society, and international law is at the cross section.  Our daily activities, from email, phone… Continue reading Why international law matters in outer space – Part I