Regulating the Final Frontier: The Role of Law in Innovative Space Activities – Why is law important to space?



10.00am to 2.00pm

Join Elsbeth Magilton (Executive Director for Technology, Security, and Space Law Initiatives, University of Nebraska) and host, Duncan Blake (UNSW Canberra) for an in-depth discussion on the role of law in innovative space activities.

Elsbeth Magilton will explore why the humanities, ethics, and the law are vital to space exploration and industry development. The talk outlines some space law basics, including the Outer Space Treaty, to highlight how laws support missions and sometimes fail them, showcasing the delicate but critical relationship between law and innovation.

This presentation will be hosted by UNSW Canberra, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and has been arranged through the efforts of the US Consulate General in Auckland for the benefit of universities throughout New Zealand and Australia with an interest in space law, ethics and the humanities. This is a public lecture and all audiences are welcome to join.

Meet the speaker:

Elsbeth Magilton is the executive director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s space, cyber and telecommunications law programs, where she focuses on commercial space law and policy, cybersecurity and cybercrime and national security. She also advises on national and international legislation for cyber and space policy—including the commercialization of space. Additionally, she is the university law college’s principal investigator for projects serving the U.S. Strategic Command’s University Affiliated Research Center—the only such center in the Department of Defense to include a law school in their research partnerships. Magilton is working with NASA to develop a space law pilot program to create a nationwide network of students, faculty, and practitioners interested in space law and policy.