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Recognizing Property and Ownership in Space

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Location: US,

“Building a Policy Framework to Enable Communities Beyond Earth!”

The Beyond Earth Institute Presents:

Recognizing Property and Ownership in Space

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST

The race is on to both fill our orbit with satellites that will help us communicate, educate and understand our planet; and land on other celestial bodies, including our Moon, to explore, learn and eventually prospect for resources that will allow human communities to thrive in space. Yet, even as we ramp up the technological capabilities of satellites and our capacity to inhabit celestial bodies, we do so under the guidance of an international law that proclaims the freedom of use and exploration for all humanity, with only limited restraints on activities. Can we truly take advantage of all space has to offer under such an ambiguous regime? Can we find consensus on interpretation of the Outer Space Treaty regarding land use? Do we need new multilateral agreements to clarify such use? What would be the appropriate oversight and enforcement regime necessary to ensure fair and equitable land apportionment and use? Can we have ownership without sovereignty?

In this Beyond Earth workshop, our panel, along with the participants, will attempt to discuss some of the challenging aspects of ownership and property rights in space, and hopefully find some common ground.


Michelle Hanlon, Co-founder, For All Moonkind and Co-Director, Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi – Moderator

Robert Brumley, Co-Founder & Chairman, Commstar Space Companies

Christopher Borgen, Professor of Law & Co-Director, Center for International and Comparative Law at St. John’s University School of Law

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