Watch This Space: The Development of Commercial Space Law in Australia and New Zealand

Federal Law Review (2019) Vol 47(3) 1-25

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-89

35 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2019 Last revised: 12 Jul 2019

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Joel Lisk

University of Adelaide, School of Law, Students

Melissa de Zwart

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: July 9, 2019

Abstract

Space law is regulated largely by international treaties which have little to say regarding the use and regulation of commercial space. As the costs of access to outer space decrease and the benefits exponentially increase, more countries are seeking to support and encourage ‘NewSpace’ entrepreneurs in order to establish commercial space industries. Australia has been a minor player in the space domain, primarily through involvement with Europe and the US since the late 1960s, but its domestic legislation bears little relevance to the shape of space industry today. Australia’s neighbour, New Zealand, now wants to become a NewSpace incubator and has recently enacted legislation designed to make it a competitive host nation for launch providers. This article will compare the regulatory space regimes of these two countries to provide an assessment of the importance of domestic regulation in fostering competitive commercial space services, for countries seeking to become competitive in the commercial space race.

Keywords: Space Law, Commercial Space Law, Space Law in Australia

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Lisk, Joel and de Zwart, Melissa, Watch This Space: The Development of Commercial Space Law in Australia and New Zealand (July 9, 2019). Federal Law Review (2019) Vol 47(3) 1-25; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-89. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3416938

Joel Lisk (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide, School of Law, Students ( email )

Adelaide
Australia

Melissa De Zwart

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

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