Widdershins Podcast

S1BonusE1 - Space Law with Professor Steven Freeland

January 20, 2020
This week on our first ever Bonus episode I discuss Space Law with Professor Steven Freeland.
Steven Freeland https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-freeland-52081b124/ is a Professor of International Law at the University of Western Sydney, Visiting Professor in International Law at the University of Copenhagen, and a Member of Faculty of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law.
In my conversation with Steven, he emphasizes why space is so important from science, to commerce, to politics and why he believes its useful to have education around the use of space and the broader perspective of how human interference can impact on the use of space. A major concern of Stevens’ is space debris, fueled largely by the rapidly increasing number of companies who say they want to go to space. He tells us that this would massively change the dynamics of space not only because of the potential of debris, but for a whole range of legal questions. Steven provides hypothetical examples of these issues and stresses the importance of exercising caution when exploring space.
Further Reading and Resources:
This episode was inspired by the book: Stranger in a strange land - Robert A. Heinlen and is the story of a boy born on Mars who makes his way back to earth as man only to find his legal entitlement to the whole planet of Mars. https://widdershinspodcast.com/season-one%3A-space-1
See more from Professor Steven Freeland at: www.linkedin.com/in/steven-freeland
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