Space Law for Lawyers

Space Law for Lawyers

Seminar. 3 May 2018.


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This seminar, to be held on Thursday, 3 May 2018 is organised by Michael Green SC.

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Seminar. 3 May 2018.
5.15pm for 5.30pm. Concluding 7.30pm.
Level 22 Chambers. 52 Martin Place. Sydney.
Registration essential.

Professor Steven Freeland
Ms Donna Lawler

Michael Green SC, Level 22 Chambers

About the Speakers at the Space Law for Lawyers Seminar

Professor Steven Freeland is Dean of the School of Law and Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, a Visiting Professor at numerous univerisities and has taught in more than 20 countries. He has advised the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and the New Zealand Government, on issues related to the regulation of space activities. In 2017, he was appointed as a member of the UNESCO-EOLSS Sub-Committee on ‘The Science of Space’. Among other appointments, he is a Director and foundational member of the Directorate of Studies of the Paris-based International Institute of Space Law, and a member of the Space Law Committee of the International Law Association.

Ms Donna Lawler is Assistant General Counsel, Optus Satellite, an Australian satellite operator, and a member of the International Institute of Space Lawyers. With more than eighteen years in the satellite industry, she has had key involvement in the build and launch programmes for six satellites on behalf of Optus and its parent company SingTel. She advises on all legal aspects of its satellite business, including securing the use of orbital slots, advising on risk, liability and insurance issues for space-related projects and negotiating civilian and military satellite-related contracts. She has served on the advisory board of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering and Research, has published on Space Law topics, and has been a presenter on Space Law in Australia and internationally. She is also the Deputy Chair of Performance Space, a terrestrial performance company.

About Space Law

 Space law is the complex and interesting body of law governing space-related activities. 

Space Law comprises a hodge-podge of international agreements, treaties, conventions, and United Nations General Assembly resolutions, as well as rules and regulations of international organisations. There are five international treaties and five sets of principles developed to govern outer space. In addition to these international instruments, many states have national legislation governing space-related activities.

Space law is concerned with the preservation of the space and Earth environment, liability for damage caused by space objects, the settlement of disputes, the rescue of astronauts, the sharing of information about potential dangers in outer space, the use of space-related technologies, and international co-operation.

Sixty years ago, on 13 December 1958, the United Nations established an ad hoc, and the next year, a permanent Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). Australia was one of foundation members. Fifty years ago, COPUOS held the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE I), in Vienna in 1968. In 2018, there are 84 member states. COPUOS is administered by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

In 2017, Australia announced its intention to create a National Space Agency 

This is a precondition to support and grow Australia’s burgeoning space industry and follows the creation of the New Zealand Space Agency (Hīkina Whakatutuki) in April 2016, and successful test launches from RocketlabUSA in 2017 and early 2018 on New Zealand’s Mahia Pennisula.

There has never been a better time to become familar with the complex regulatory enviroment surrounding space-related actvities. Join us on 3 May 2018 and hear from two of Australia’s foremost scholars and practitioners and join a lively discussion.


Level 22, 52 Martin Place, Sydney. 2000. Tel 02 9151 2222.



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