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Space Law

Business Opportunities in Space Law for Now and the Future
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This course covers the basics of space law and describes the business opportunities in outer space in developing areas in the context of international agreements, treaties, domestic law and even state law. The course in four lectures, covers in part one (two lectures), the development of space activities and the basic laws and regulations that regulate human activities in space. To think about business opportunities, the legal framework is discussed to provide a framework for developing opportunities. In part two (two lectures), the course explores the international asteroid defense program, the emergence of asteroid mining and the new space tourism business opportunity and how these are regulated. At the end of this course you will be able to assess where business opportunities are emerging and how to navigate the basics of space law. (Note: None of this course constitutes legal advice and you should consult your own attorney for any questions you may have.)

Who is the target audience?
  • Background in science, technology, engineering or law
  • Anyone who wants to have an overview of the current opportunities in space
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What Will I Learn?
Learn about future business opportunities in space
Understand the basics of space law
Spot opportunities in asteroid mining
Understand state laws that are favorable to space tourism
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Curriculum For This Course
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Space Law Basics
3 Lectures 29:44

This course will give you the basics in space law and highlight current areas where development is taking place, like space tourism, asteroid mining and asteroid defense. After this short introduction, each of the four, approximately 15 min. lectures will be followed by a five-question quiz.

Preview 01:37

Space Law has been around longer than you may think, and decades of development of international law through treaties and United Nations Resolutions form the major body of Space Law which is discussed in the Basics, Lecture 2.

Preview 17:23

Lecture 2 Quiz-Space Law Basics
5 questions

In Lecture 3, a closer look at the treaties and resolutions and how they affect human activities in space are examined.

Space Law Treaties -- What International Agreements Regulate Space Activities?

Lecture 3: Space Law Treaties
5 questions
Space Activities, Opportunities and Law
2 Lectures 26:59

Lecture 4 considers the legal aspects and private sector involvement in one of the most unprecedented international agreements in the history of the world -- to unite against the threat of asteroid and near-earth-object collisions.

Asteroid Defense -- Organizing the World against as Asteroid Strike

Lecture 4: Asteroids Defense
5 questions

Lecture 5 discusses the exciting new venture in space, asteroid mining, where precious metals like platinum exist in quantities greater than the total platinum ever mined on earth! Companies are already working on this new venture and this lecture covers the international law that you should know if you are interested in asteroid mining.

Asteroid Mining --- the Next Energy Frontier?

Lecture 5: Asteroid Mining
5 questions
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Victoria Sutton, MPA, PhD, JD is a distinguished law professor at Texas Tech University School of Law and is author of eight law books and numerous law articles, and winner of several book awards. She is also a filmmaker. She teaches courses in emerging technologies law, nanotechnology law, biosecurity law, space law, environmental law and cybersecurity law. She has also served as an advisor on cybersecurity and biosecurity for government agencies.

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