Australian Space Law News Notes
- 2013 FEB 20-21 - FORUM ON SPACE MINING INCLUDES SPACE LAW
- An 'Off-Earth Mining Forum' held by the Australian
Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) includes a
section on the legal implications of space mining. For
more details see OEMF.
- 2012 - BOOK ON LAW OF SPACE MINING PUBLISHED
- An Australian Lawyer, Dr Ricky Lee early this year published a book entitled "Law and Regulation of
Commercial Mining of Minerals in Outer Space". This
is an outgrowth of the studies he did for his PhD
granted in 2010 at Murdoch University.
- 2010 SEP 09 - MURDOCH GRADUATES PHD IN SPACE LAW
- Ricky Jose Lee was awarded a PhD in space law
from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.
His thesis was entitled "Creating a practical legal
framework for the commercial exploitation of mineral
resources in outer space". 'The thesis examined the
current technical and economic developments in relation to the possible commercial mining of asteroids and then, on the basis of existing international law, considered the legal developments
necessary to creae an international regulatory
framework.' Dr Lee's supervisor was Dr Vernon Nase,
Faculty of Law and Business.
- 2010 - AUSTRALIAN APPOINTED TO IISL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Professor Steven Freeland, of the University
of Western Sydney, has been appointed to the Board
of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law. Biographical details are available at
- 2009 Oct 15 - AUSTRALIAN WRITES SPACE MOOT PROBLEM
- Ricky J Lee wrote this year's Lachs Space Moot
problem. It was titled "Case Concerning the
Deployment and Use of Force in Low Earth Orbit
(Fornjot v. Telesto)". The competition was won by
India. Details can be downloaded at
2009 Space Moot.
- 2008 Oct 2 - AUSTRALIA WINS SPACE MOOT
- A team of three students from the University of
New South Wales has won the 17th Manfred Lachs Space
Law Moot Competition held by the Internationl
Institute of Space Law in Glasgow, Scotland.
The three students were Madelaine Ellicott, Tamara
Phillips and Katrina Taylor. The were coached by
Mr Pouyan Afshar. This is the first time Australia
has won the competition. For more details see
- 2007 Aug 24 - 2008 SPACE MOOT PROBLEM RELEASED
- The International Institute of Space Law (of the International
Astronautics Federation) has just released the
2008 problem for the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.
This is an annual competition for law students to give them
court experience of space law problems.
- 2001 Jun - SPACE LICENSING AND SAFETY OFFICE CREATED
- The Australian Government created the Space Licensing and Safety Office to implement legislation made in the Australian Space Activities Act 1998 (and later the
Space Activities Amendment Bill 2002). For details see SLASO.