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‘Space Force’ and the Law

Prof Melissa de Zwart, Dean of Law, argues that there are more important issues that may be lost in the controversy over President Trump’s Space Force and cautions that ‘it’s not yet clear where this move sits in light of prohibitions laid out in the Outer Space Treaty, the document that has guided the the exploration […]

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2018 International Humanitarian Law Moot

  On Friday evening 1 June 2018, students from the Law School participated in the 2018 International Humanitarian Law Moot Grand Final.  The competition is supported by the Australian Red Cross and Ms Petra Ball from the SA Red Cross Division was on hand to present certificates to the winning team and the runners up […]

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Congratulations to Professors Melissa de Zwart, Dale Stephens and Associate Professor Matthew Stubbs elected to the International Institute of Space Law (IISL)

  Adelaide Law School warmly congratulates Professors Melissa de Zwart, Dale Stephens and Associate Professor Matthew Stubbs who have been elected to the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) Founded in 1960, the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) is an independent non-governmental organisation dedicated to fostering the development of space law. The membership of […]

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Space and National Security (Nebraska, U.S.A) Study Tour – Day 10

Friday the 9th of February saw the last official day of the study tour, with the feature of the day being a presentation by Professor Peter Dutton of the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, just under 120kms from Boston. Established in 1639, Newport is a town steeped in history, and significant […]

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Space and National Security (Nebraska, U.S.A) Study Tour – Day 9

What do President Barack Obama, Australian High Court Justice Stephen Gageler and Adelaide University’s own Professor Dale Stephens have in common? They are all alumni of Harvard Law School, the venue of today’s visit. Fortunately, after the snow and freezing rain of yesterday, we awoke to bright blue skies. Negotiating the subway proved no obstacle, […]

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Legal Autonomous Weapons and the Plight of the Noncombatant

On Friday 10 November, the Adelaide Law School hosted Professor Ronald Arkin from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA for a presentation titled ‘Legal Autonomous Weapons and the Plight of the Noncombatant’. Professor Arkin is a world-renowned roboticist and robo-ethicist working across multiple projects including robot-human interaction, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems. Co-sponsored […]

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Seminar – Lethal Autonomous Robots and the Plight of the Noncombatant

The Research Units for Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE) and for the Study of Society, Ethics and the Law (RUSSEL) present Abstract: Ongoing meetings of the United Nations in Geneva regarding the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons consider the many issues surrounding the use of lethal autonomous weapons systems from a variety of legal, ethical, […]

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RUMLAE Director at US STRATCOM Advanced Ops Law Conference

RUMLAE Director, Professor Dale Stephens was recently invited to attend the US Strategic Command Advanced Operational Law Conference held in Omaha Nebraska.   U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) is tasked with US Cyber, Nuclear and Space Defence and the Conference was jointly organised between US STRATCOM and the University of Nebraska Law School.  Professor Stephens was part […]

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Asia-Pacific Finals of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot

The Adelaide Law School hosted the Asia-Pacific Finals of the 2017 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot from 18 to 21 April 2017. The Moot Competition received 37 entries from Universities around the Asia-Pacific region, from which 20 finalists were selected, representing Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran and South Korea. The competition generated an […]

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Space Security, Space Governance and Space Activities: collaboration and activities in US and Canada

It has been a busy week for space law activities for Adelaide Law School staff and students. Professor Melissa de Zwart and Professor Dale Stephens visited colleagues at the University of Nebraska, College of Law, where discussions were held regarding upcoming joint teaching and research projects involving Adelaide Law School’s Research Unit on Military Law […]

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