Space Policy: Special Issue on “Space Ethics”


Moon over MountainsI am very happy to highlight the publication of Space Policy 30(4). This is a Special Issue on “Space Ethics”, guest edited by Tony Mulligan, author of “Nobody Owns the Moon” (2014). The issue includes several Viewpoints and Full Research Articles relating to Space Ethics, as well as two Reports.

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Space Ethics in Context” (Guest Editor Tony Mulligan)


The Explorer’s Complex” (Jacques Arnould)

Two modest proposals for propelling NASA forward” (Loizos Heracleous, Steven A. Gonzalez)

Private property rights on asteroid resources: Assessing the legality of the ASTEROIDS Act” (Fabio Tronchetti)

Full Length Articles

Space exploration and human survival” (Gonzalo Munévar)

Prioritizing scientific exploration: A comparison of the ethical justifications for space development and for space science” (James S.J. Schwartz)

Manifest complexity: A foundational ethic for astrobiology?” (Kelly C. Smith)

Extraterrestrial environmental impact assessments – A foreseeable prerequisite for wise decisions regarding outer space exploration, research and development” (William R. Kramer)


European Space Policy Institute’s Seventh Annual Autumn Conference highlights” (Robert C. Harding)

Technology foresight in practice: A proposal for Turkish space vision” (Gülin Dede, Mehmet Akçay)

Photo: Jill Stuart (2014)

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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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