LAWS5577 Space and Satellite Law

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This Unit will provide a comprehensive introduction to two 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 including Australia; (2) the regulation of satellite launches and operations, including new and emerging technologies. Emphasis will be placed on non-military applications of these technologies, with a focus on environmental verification, monitoring, surveillance and uses of data. The overall goal is to provide students with a broad understanding of international law in the field, select national governance regimes, and how space and satellite technologies are regulated by governments and used by environmental law enforcement agencies.
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.

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
For Master of Public Policy students, LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions is recommended.
Advisable prior study:
LAWS5165 Public International Law
Contact hours
5 full days of intensive teaching.
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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