What implications would the discovery of
intelligent extraterrestrial life have on our legal system? How would
we deal with or define the legal status of beings potentially very
different from ourselves?
(PYS) How should solar
system real estate (asteroids, rocky moons, etc.)
be allocated? Should there be some sort of homesteading act, as there
was in the western United States during exploration periods? Should
there even be private property at all?
(ZD) A baby is born in space, perhaps at an orbiting hotel. What is
that baby’s citizenship status?
Could it ever be president of the United States?
(ZD) Can a private citizen or government currently own a part of Space?
(ZD) How can we hold someone liable for damage if their spacecraft
falls on us, but they have no other contact with our jurisdiction?
(ZD) Could the U.S. government prosecute a murder committed in space?
ZD: Zac Dillon
Research by Chrystal Ong
by Zac Dillon
Relevant to Space by Gabia Pakstys (Previous year)
Research by Kevin Thielen (Previous year)
Research from previous years.
from a previous year--a bibliography of articles on space law.
Legal Research from
a previous year--existing treaties and other material.
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