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Submission + - Who owns the moon? Time to call in the 'space lawyers' (

quantr writes: Space is still the new frontier, and like any frontier it’s a potentially lawless environment. But since the Soviets launched Sputnik in 1957 there’s been an ongoing effort to draft treaties, establish jurisdiction and evolve a body of space law.
As the private sector – particularly Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic– looks toward commercial activity in space, from tourism to exploration, the ensuing legal minefield will be tough to navigate. And if there’s one person who knows what they’re talking about in this rapidly expanding area of law, it’s likely to be Joanne Gabrynowicz, professor of space law at the University of Mississippi, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Space Law (“a journal devoted to space law and the legal problems arising out of human activities in outer space”) and official observer for the International Institute of Space Law to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Legal Subcommittee.

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