Thank you to all of you who attended the Riga Graduate School of Law public lecture in cooperation with Ellex Klavins on 12 December and heard Prof. Katrin Nyman Metcalf speaking on Space Law. The topic is of interest to many, as our full house and lots of questions from the audience proved.
Katrin Nyman Metcalf has worked for her entire long career with issues that link law and technology. She is Adjunct Professor of Communications Law at the Institute of Law, School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, and Programme Director for Research and Legal Issues for the Estonian e-Governance Academy. Professor Nyman Metcalf is Chairman of the International Relations Committee (IRC) of the European Space Agency since 2017. Her PhD (Uppsala University, 1999) is on the question of the use of space resources and the line between appropriation and use. Furthermore, she is active globally as a consultant primarily in the area of communications law in the wide sense, including ICT regulation, artificial intelligence, privacy and data protection, media law, e-governance and cyber issues. She has worked in more than 50 countries, including post-conflict and developing states, with legal analysis and drafting, professional training and creation of regulatory authorities.
The topic for the talk is the law of outer space against the modern developments of constantly new activities in outer space and the rapidly growing involvement of private enterprise. USA and Luxembourg have recently passed legislation on space resources, so is it now OK for private companies to mine metals on planets or asteroids? Private companies plan mega-constellations of hundreds or thousands of satellites – so if all orbits are occupied, is space still free for all to use? And what about the plots of land that one can buy on the Moon? The Outer Space Treaty from 1967, still the “basic law” for outer space proclaims that space cannot be appropriated but it can be used, while its use shall be for the benefit of all mankind. This Treaty was written in a very different era for outer space use: is it still relevant?
In the academic year, 2019/2020 RGSL is hosting 4 events where distinguished academics and industry experts present topics of importance to our society and industry. These events offer a unique opportunity to engage with key influencers, experts and officials on today`s critical issues that not only have a direct impact on day to day lives but also globally.
The language of the lecture: English.