Third Woomera Manual Plenary meeting in the Hague

The third working group meeting for the Woomera Manual project was held in the Hague between 5 & 9 August 2019.  The working group meeting was held in the Hague at the invitation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,  hosted by the Ministry of Defence through the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Representatives of the founding universities participated in the meeting. Adelaide Law School was represented by RUMLAE Directors Professors Dale Stephens and Melissa de Zwart, and RUMLAE Management Board members Associate Professor Matthew Stubbs, Dr Stacey Henderson and also Mr Duncan Blake (PhD student).

‘The University of Exeter was represented by Professor Hitoshi Nasu and Associate Professor Kubo Macak.  The University of Nebraska College of Law was represented by Professors Jack Beard and Frans von der Dunk.  The University of New South Wales – Canberra was represented by Professor Rob McLaughlin.

In a very productive and successful meeting over five days, the experts discussed the complexity and nuances of space law, including responsibility and liability, key matters of interpretation and application of the space treaties, and the relationship between space law and IHL.

During the week, the working group was honoured to receive a private tour of the Peace Palace, and to meet with Judge James Crawford of the International Court of Justice.

The Woomera Manual project aims to contribute to the practical understanding of the international legal regime that applies to military operations in outer space to ensure that legal obligations and limits are identified and complied with by States and non-State actors.

The next working group meeting is scheduled for February 2020 in Canberra.

For more information about the Woomera Manual project, contact Professor Dale Stephens:


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