This Space Café WebTalk will feature Peter Hulsrøj, legal consultant for intergovernmental organisations, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global.
Space and the Fundamental Questions.
Peter Hulsrøj is, with Marco Aliberti, the author of the book ‘Essays on the Optional Society – and a Letter Concerning Inclusion’ just out on Ex Tuto. Peter is a Harvard-educated lawyer, who has been a practising attorney, the former head of Contracts and Legal Affairs of Eumetsat, the former legal adviser of The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, the former director of Legal affairs and External Relations of ESA, and the former director of the European Space Policy Institute.
In this webtalk, we will look at some of the foundational questions relative to human use of outer space and discuss how an application programme is needed in order to harvest the broadest human benefits of space and fundamental science findings. We will look at the meaning of freedom and why the judgment of the Permanent Court of International Justice was wrong when it said that what is not prohibited is allowed. We shall discuss why this statement one hundred years ago has distorted discussions on activities like space mining and weaponization of space, because those who find no explicit prohibition believe that that means that they can do whatever they want. In a far-reaching discussion, we will also analyse whether the possible colonisation of other planets will add to or detract from freedom and will stress how important it is that the findings of the newly launched James Webb telescope will benefit not only physicists and natural science but also our understanding of the riddles of human existence in general.
The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions in dialogue with Peter Hulsrøj.
SpaceWatch.Global is a Switzerland-based digital magazine and portal for those interested in space and the far-reaching impact of the space sector.
This Space Café WebTalk will be conducted in English on 18 January 2022 at 4 pm CET.
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