LAWS5577 Space Law, Satellites and Drones

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This Unit will provide a comprehensive introduction to three interrelated areas: (1) the international regime that relates to outer space and the moon, as well as national space governance regimes in case study countries relevant to Australia; (2) Satellite technology, its regulation and (non-military) use; and (3) the utilisation of drones, autonomous vehicles and remote sensing technologies by regulators and government agencies. Emphasis will be placed on non-military applications of these technologies, and the data and evidence that can be produced, for environmental monitoring, as well as surveillance of human activities. The overall goal is to provide students with a broad understanding of international law in the field, select national governance, and how these technologies can be used by governments and law enforcement agencies.
Students are able to (1) describe the legal frameworks and institutional architecture relevant to space law; (2) describe the use and regulation of non-military satellites and drones, for environmental monitoring and law enforcement; (3) critically analyse legal issues, current developments and effectiveness of space law and the utilisation of satellite and drone technologies; (4) apply the law to hypothetical problem-solving exercises, and make persuasive legal arguments and counter arguments; (5) assess the effectiveness of the law with respect to outer space, satellite and drone technologies explored in this unit; and (6) argue for reform and/or further research in the areas of space law, and the utilisation of satellites and drones for environmental monitoring and law enforcement.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) essay; and (3) research paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Erika Techera
Unit rules
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Advisable prior study:
LAWS5165 Public International Law
Contact hours
Teaching dates for this unit are 20-24 January. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-N-1A-2020]
Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

Readings will be set via Unit Readings Online.


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