Law in the Stars: Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge into Space Governance

Date & time
1–2pm Wednesday 17 June 2020

Online via Zoom

Dr Cassandra Steer
Research Office
ANU College of Law Research Seminar

Part of the ANU College of Law Research Seminar Series 2020 series

Law in the Stars

There is a general consensus that the long-term sustainability of space activities needs to be at the forefront of all space governance structures, including national legislation, compliance with existing international treaties, and the development of new norms. Space traffic management, the increase of space debris, militarization, and the environmental impact of launches, are all of central concern in space governance. There is therefore a need for a strong notion of “good space citizenship” to incentivise responsible behaviour by all space actors. This project asserts that what can be learned from Australian Indigenous knowledge about cosmology, intergenerational relationship and responsibility, and law, has the potential to impact the way we behave in the global commons of space.

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  • Dr Cassandra Steer »

    Dr. Cassandra Steer is a Mission Specialist with the ANU Institute of Space (InSpace), and a lecturer at the College of Law specialising in space law, space security and international law. Dr. Steer has more than a decade of international experience teaching at universities in Australia, Europe, North America and South America, and brings a comparative perspective to all her research and teaching.


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