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Public Forum on the Moon – Newcastle edition

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What would it mean to give "Legal Personhood" to the Moon?

The US Executive Order on off-Earth mining, released in April 2020, has sparked an international conversation about Moon mining and the associated ethical, technological, scientific, environmental, and legal issues.

Australia has a long history as an international hub for the mining industry, but as an active participant at UN discussions on International Space Law, and as one of only 18 states parties to the 1979 Moon Agreement, it also has a lesser known but equally important history in the legal stewardship of the Moon. One area that has yet to be explored in a public setting is the idea of granting legal personhood to the Moon, in a similar manner to what is being discussed for wilderness areas on Earth.

This event will host five space experts, where the audience is encouraged to engage in a dialogue with the speakers.

  • Donna Lawler, Space Law Specialist
  • Michelle Maloney, Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)
  • A/Prof. Alice Gorman (Dr Space Junk), Space Archaeologist, Advisory Council - Space Industry Association of Australia
  • Gabriel Harris, Founder and Managing Director of Interchange
  • Ceridwen Dovey, Essay writer for newyorker.com 

Held out of Newcastle in New South Wales, this event is being run by Office of Other Spaces & Satellite Applications Catapult on behalf of the Moon Village Association (MVA), and co-hosted by the Space Junk Podcast.

Join in on-line to add your voice to the lunar dialogue and engage in a conversation with subject-matter experts through the Q&A.

This initiative has been supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week.