Talk – 'Space Law and the Commercialization of Outer Space'
The UA's James E. Rogers College of Law presents a discussion titled "Space Law and the Commercialization of Outer Space: Towards a Global Playing Field." The talk will cover the future of space law, featuring Frans von der Dunk, professor of space law at the University of Nebraska.
About the speaker:
Von der Dunk has written more than 180 articles and published papers, and given more than 150 presentations at international meetings on subjects of international and national space law and policy, international air law and public international law. He is the series editor of "Studies in Space Law." In 2015, he published the first comprehensive "Handbook of Space Law," and, in 2018, he published a major research collection, "International Space Law." He has served as legal advisor or legal task manager in more than 90 projects, advising various government agencies and international organizations as well as several non-governmental organizations and industrial stakeholders on matters of space law and policy, including major space applications such as satellite navigation, remote sensing and private commercial spaceflight.
About the talk:
The commercialization of space activities is reaching new heights due to manufacturing, satellite communications, launching, remote sensing, satellite navigation applications, new space, impending space tourism and space mining activities. This discussion will examine current international space law, which focuses on states and their rights and obligations, therefore leaving national law to ensure proper inclusion of the private sector into that global legal system. This discussion will ponder at questions including: Is a global playing field emerging? Will a fragmented set of national or state specific laws ultimately occur?