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Australia has long valued an outer space shared by all. Mining profits could change this


McGee, J and Li, B, Australia has long valued an outer space shared by all. Mining profits could change this, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 30 April (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order reaffirming that companies joining US mining activities on the moon would have property rights over lunar resources.

The order also made clear the US wasn’t bound by international treaties on the moon. Instead, the US would set up a bilateral or multilateral legal framework with other like-minded states to govern lunar mining activities.

This bold move by the Trump administration poses some challenging questions for Australia, given our past commitment to international space treaties and our current support the US Artemis lunar program.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:moon treaty, mining, space law, Common Heritage of Mankind
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McGee, J (Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee)
ID Code:138845
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2020-05-02
Last Modified:2020-05-04

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