New Book: Evidence from Earth Observation Satellites


This looks like a great volume, on an increasingly important topic, by some of the top people in this field…

  Evidence from Earth Observation Satellites: Emerging Legal Issues

  Edited by Ray Purdy and Denise Leung

  Satellite technologies are rapidly improving, offering increased opportunities for   monitoring laws, and using images as evidence in court.

  Evidence from Earth Observation Satellites analyses whether data from satellite technologies can be a legally reliable, effective evidential tool in contemporary legal systems. This unique interdisciplinary volume brings together leading experts from academia, government, international institutions, industry and judiciary to consider many emerging issues surrounding the use of these technologies in legal strategies. Issues examined include the opportunities arising from technological developments, existing regulatory applications and operational experiences, and admissibility in courts and tools for ensuring the integrity of evidence. It also examines privacy impacts under existing legislation and provides a new conceptual framework for debating the acceptability of such surveillance methods.

Readership: All interested in legal applications and evidence from satellite technologies, including Governments, regulatory bodies, judges, legal practitioners, academics, students, international institutions, NGOs, standardization bodies, remote sensing companies and data sellers.

Ray Purdy is a Senior Research Fellow in Law at University College London (previously Imperial College and the University of Oxford), where he has published and conducted research on satellite monitoring and the law for over fifteen years.

Denise Leung is a Research Analyst at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC. She was previously a Visiting Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute and a Research Associate at the Centre for Law and Environment, University College London. 

Published with Brill.



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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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