Law professionals from around the world may have met on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus to start designing a new law manual, but their discussion left Earth as they considered war and life in space.
The UNL College of Law, along with one British and two Australian institutions, leads the creation of the Woomera Manual to express and clarify international law as it applies to space activity. The collaborators met in late February to discuss and draft the laws regarding space.
“You had people from Australia and Germany and Israel and Hungary and Japan,” UNL law professor Jack Beard said. “We hosted them right there in the [Nebraska] Union and the visitors from places like Australia and Israel were very cold.”
According to Dale Stephens, a law professor at the University of Adelaide, the manual provides laws on military and civilian use of space objects like satellites, which are essential to many functions of modern technology.