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Unit Overview


This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to two interrelated areas: (1) the laws relating to outer space; and (2) the regulation of satellites. International law regimes and selected national legislative frameworks will be examined with the emphasis placed on non-military, civil space and satellite activities. This unit provides students with a broad understanding of the international law governing outer space and the Moon including the five UN treaties, the global regulation of satellites, selected national governance regimes for civil space and satellite projects, and some current issues including space debris, satellite congestion, small satellites and constellations, space tourism, and the uses of satellite data for law enforcement.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe the legal frameworks and institutional architecture relevant to space and satellite law; (2) describe the use and regulation of space technologies for environmental monitoring and law enforcement; (3) critically analyse legal issues, current developments and effectiveness of space and satellite law; (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, celestial bodies and satellites explored in this unit; and (6) develop coherent arguments for reform and/or further research in the areas of space and satellite law.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) short answer paper; and (3) research paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Erika Techera
Unit rules
Enrolment in
20820 Juris Doctor
and LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and five Unit(s) ( LAWS4102 Criminal Law LAWS4103 Contract LAWS4104 Property LAWS4106 Torts LAWS4107 Land Law LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law and ( LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
or LAWS4110 Interpretation (
Enrolment in
42580 Master of Public Policy
and LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Advisable prior study
LAWS5165 Public International Law
Approved quota: 60—first come first serve
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 22-25 January 2024.

Readings will be set via Unit Readings Online.


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