This research is focused on the global governance of military uses of space technologies from the legal perspective and provides legal and policy advice to governments to ensure that their space programs and activities are aligning with international rules.

Competitive advantage

  • One of four Australian universities offering space law course
  • One of Australia’s leading space lawyers
  • Extensive network with global collaborators, particularly in Asia and the Pacific

Successful applications of research

  • Engaging with the general public on how space law can harness the militarisation of outer space through The Conversation articles and other social media
  • Invited by the Chinese government, as an expert to contribute to the national space legislation
  • Invited expert for a ‘soft’ international law making project - 'Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space' Research Project (MILAMOS Project), McGill University, Canada


  • United Nations Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific
  • Institute of Space Law, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China


  • Enhancing the public awareness of the peaceful use of outer space
  • Improving Australia's profile as a responsible leader and user of space technologies

Further reading on: Space Technologies

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