The topic of Space law encompasses national and international law governing activities in outer space. While the Outer Space Treaty is one of the most important treaties that the U.S. is party to, some say that it is now antiquated because it does not take into account emerging private sector activities. This track will examines the relevance of the Outer Space Treaty in today’s world and other related issues, both domestic and international, relevant to today’s private and government sector space initiatives. Key areas of interest include the regulatory and legal regimes shaping private space launch, commercial asteroid mining and property rights, private sector operations on the moon, orbital debris and removal, spaceports and space tourism, and the Chinese movement towards their own national space law.
Chair: Kelly C. Smith, M.S., Ph.D., Da.D.