REPLAY: Frans von der Dunk – Space Law, Piracy, Profit and Militarization in Age of Star Wars

Franz von der Dunk space law

Frans von der Dunk is a Professor of Space Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Director of Black Holes Consultancy, and is generally recognized as one of the world’s leading space law experts. Franz has served as an adviser to a number of governments, the European Commission, ESA, the United Nations, the OECD, various national space agencies, the Association of Space Explorers, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, and a number of companies. He is Director Public Relations of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Member of the Board of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), and Member for the Netherlands in the International Law Association’s (ILA) Committee on Space Law. He is also Member of the International Editorial Board of ‘Space Policy’ and many other long acronyms, incredibly important organizations and initiatives focused on space.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • The issue of ownership and sovereignty in space
  • How regulation helps and hurts our the future of space
  • Why current space treaties are anything but adequate for space exploration
  • What you need to know about asteroid mining and space settlements
  • The brewing issues in space which could provoke war
  • Why solving the Kessler crisis NEEDS to be a top priority for space operators
  • Thoughts private enterprises role in space exploration
  • What Frans thinks about Trump’s Space Force
  • The realities of extraterrestrial space life and the law
  • What technologies most worry Frans most
  • Why social media and data privacy are such big issues to contend with
  • The scary truth about cyber, and space

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