20 June 2013: The Role of Ethics in the Discourse on Space Sustainability (Vienna)


Another interesting event coming up from ESPI:


The start of the space endeavour involved extensive discussions of ethics, politics and law. These discussions led ultimately to the five space treaties. Since then the normative system has developed in an evolutionary fashion, mostly referring back to the legal and ethical framework laid down in the sixties. The space community is now in many respects at a cross roads with the intensifying use of space, the involvement of many new public and private entrants, and new societal challenges for which space constitutes a key tool. This ESPI event will give an opportunity to examine the role of ethics afresh, particularly in relation to two key issues: space debris and Earth observation for the purpose of monitoring the health of the Earth. 

European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
Palais Fanto
Schwarzenbergplatz 6
(Entrance: Zaunergasse 1-3)
A-1030 Vienna, Austria
Tel +43 1 718 1118 -0 / Fax -99
Registration: [email protected]

See the draft programme here

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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