In this SPUI25 in Spe kickoff lecture, Frans von der Dunk, Professor of Space Law, will talk about the future of law in space. With this lecture, the junior editioral board celebrates the start of the new academic year.
Space has often been described as the ‘final frontier’, even if literally speaking there is no frontier in outer space - whether final or otherwise. Space colonization may be one of the most exciting prospects facing humankind, but at the same time it presents one of the most daunting issues on how to deal legally with the infinite area of outer space. In this talk Von der Dunk will briefly set out the status of contemporary international and national space law and will than explore the question whether future law should be developed in order to establish a reasonably just, legitimate and predictable environment for long-duration or even permanent human activities.
Frans von der Dunk, Professor of Space Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Director of Black Holes Consultancy, is generally recognised as one of the world’s leading space law experts. In 2015, he published the first comprehensive Handbook of Space Law, and in 2018 a major research collection under the titel International Space Law. Other written material, like more than 180 articles and published papers, can be accessed at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/spacelaw. He has been awarded with several highly prestigious awards, and has served as adviser to the Dutch Government, several foreign Governments, the United Nations (UN) and other institutions and companies all over the world. Besides, he is Director Public Relations of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Member of the Board of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), and Member for the Netherlands in the International Law Association's (ILA) Committee on Space Law.
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