Interview with a Space Policy Board Member: Who Owns the Moon?



moon mining imageJoanne Gabrynowicz is a Professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law and valued member of the journal Space Policy Editorial Board. As such it was a pleasure to read an article in the Telegraph this weekend for which she was interviewed and extensively quoted. “Who Owns the Moon? Time to call in the ‘Space Lawyers‘” by Edward Helmore with Professor Gabrynowicz as expert interviewee offered a timely and interesting overview of where the issues on ownership and mining stand at the moment.

I also thought it was great that the BBC then included a mention of Professor Gabrynowicz in the current “10 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week” (#4 being “There is a professor of space law at the University of Mississippi“).

Although it’s a few years old now, here’s a link to my own lecture around this topic.

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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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