In this distinguished Public Lecture, co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Australia and the ANU Centre for International and Public Law, Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will discuss the need to extend the rules-based international order to Space. The Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper predicts that Australia’s economic and security interests in Space will increase considerably in coming decades. This will create exciting opportunities, but it will also present risks. As the White Paper warns, ‘potential adversaries’ might exploit Space to ‘threaten our defence networks’ and ‘obtain sensitive information about our security’. The Paper thus stresses the need for ‘robust rules and norms’ to maximise opportunities and minimise the risks of increased access to Space.
Following the lecture Professor Anna Moore, Director of the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (Mount Stromlo Observatory), and Professor Sally Wheeler, Dean of the ANU College of Law, will reflect on the regulatory challenges posed by increased access to Space.