Law in the Stars: Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge into Space Governance
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, militarisation, and the environmental impact of launches are all of central concern in space governance.
In this research seminar, Dr Cassandra Steer argues why is 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.