Capitol Momentum - Jan 2023

Space Café Recap: “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” #10

In the latest (10th) Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland”, host Steven Freeland, Emeritus Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, Sydney and Professorial Fellow at Bond University, Australia, and Co-Host Torsten KrieningSpaceWatch.Global’s Publisher, welcomed Annie Handmer and Christopher Johnson at a wonderful breakfast discussion in Washington D.C.’s best bagel café.

Over bagels, bagels and more bagels (and some coffee), they discussed many legal issues arising from everyday space activities, including the following:

  • What might future activities on the lunar surface look like and how practical is it to predict and develop what governance system will be appropriate, given all of the challenges?
  • What initiatives are currently underway to help to develop such a system?
  • How do we develop norms that promote confidence and, perhaps, cooperation, amongst the differing groups that plan to undertake such activities?
  • How do we build verification systems that help to ‘enforce’ agreed norms for activities on the Moon?

Annie and Christopher, both of whom are very thoughtfuland knowledgeable experts in space-related policy and law issues, also provided their ‘one word’ to describe the wonders of space/space law – a tradition for all guests at the Space Café Law Breakfasts and help to demystify the sometimes complex and contradictory vested interests involved in space activities and industry.

We hope that you enjoyed this discussion and will already note in your diary to join us in Toulouse for the next Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” on 24 November 2022, with our fabulous guests, Olga Volynskaya and Lucien Rapp. There will be so many issues to discuss.

In the meantime, please let us know if there is a particular event or issue that you want our expert panel to help to ‘demystify’. We are always interested in your views and suggestions.

We really hope you will join us for breakfast in November! See you then!

This 10th Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” was held on 11 August 2022.

SpaceWatch.Global is a Europe-digital magazine and portal for those interested in space and the far-reaching impact of the space sector.

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