Mining, Tourism and Settlements in Outer Space: The Next Frontier

Tuesday, 2nd May 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration from 6:30 pm

During the Cold War, outer space was perceived as a location for scientific experiments and a ‘battlefield’ for competing political ideologies between the United States and the Soviet Union.  Outer space in the 21st century is increasingly seen as a potential site for human settlement.

Whether it is a Lunar hotel, a Martian permanent settlement or a mining expedition in outer space, it is widely believed that private parties will want to have exclusive property rights over the ‘land’ on which they live or manage their commercial businesses.

This talk, delivered by Dr Saskia Vermeylen, will compare different legal discourses such as the Outer Space Treaty (1966) and the Moon Agreement (1979) and compare and contrast those with the frontier ‘myth’ in science fiction literature to find answers to the question ‘who owns the Moon?’.

Read Saskia’s blog on the subject or watch a 30 minute programme made for the BBC.

Registration will be available from 6.30pm, however, you are invited to register for the Images of Research Exhibition Opening Night that immediately precedes this event, which starts at 6.00pm.

This event is part of the 2017 Festival of Environmental Law and Governance. 


Who should attend?

This event is open to anyone interested in space, environmental law, sustainable development and science fiction. 

Benefits of attending

Gain insights into:

  • The historical development of space law during the Cold War.
  • The relationship between the development of space law and science fiction literature.
  • The legal and governance challenges that are raised by the new commercial space race.



Dr Saskia Vermeylen
phone +44 (0)141 548 3188
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Prof Elisa Morgera
phone +44 (0)141 548 3291
Professor of Global Environmental Law
Dr Francesco Sindico
phone +44 (0)141 548 4295
Reader in International Environmental Law

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