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Webinar: Space Resources: Legal Issues

This series of virtual panel discussions will explore some of the key points of interest in relation to Space Mining. Webinar 1 will look at Systems and Technological Constraints of Space Mining Operations, webinar 2 will explore Space Resources: Legal Issues.

Date: Thursday 3 December 2020

Time: 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm AEDT

Facilitator:

  • Prof Andrew Dempster, UNSW

Speakers:

  • Steven Freeland, Professor of International Law, Western Sydney University
  • Robert Milbourne, Managing Director, Mining Standards International
  • Dovilé Matuleviciute, Policy Officer – Legal Affairs, Luxembourg Space Agency

    Cost:

    AusIMM Member – Free

    Non Member – $20.00

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    Please note: Registrants who cannot join the webinar at the scheduled time will receive a link to the recording to watch at a later time convenient to them.

    Webinar Overview

    Webinar 2: Space Resources: Legal Issues

    This panel will lead a discussion about legal aspects of extracting resources in space, including treaty obligations under the  Moon Agreement and the Artemis Accords, licencing and code of conduct. It will explore broad range of perspectives from the space industry, mining industry, academia and agencies around the world.+

    Panel Line-up

    Facilitator: Prof Andrew Dempster, UNSW

    Professor Andrew Dempster is Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has a BE and MEngSc from UNSW and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in efficient circuits for signal processing arithmetic. He was system engineer and project manager for the first GPS receiver developed in Australia in the late 80s and has been involved in satellite navigation ever since. His current research interests are in satellite navigation receiver design and signal processing, areas where he has six patents, and new location technologies, and space systems, especially those related to extracting water. He is leading the development of space engineering research at ACSER.

    Steven Freeland, Professor of International Law, Western Sydney University

    Steven Freeland is Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, specialising in Commercial Space Law, and previously the Dean of the School of Law. He also holds Visiting or Adjunct positions at Universities/Institutes in Copenhagen, Vienna, Toulouse, Hong Kong, Montreal, Kuala Lumpur and London. Prior to becoming an academic, he had a 20-year career as an international commercial lawyer and an investment banker. He is a Member of the Advisory Group of the Australian Space Agency and has been an advisor to the Australian, New Zealand, Norwegian and several other Governments on issues relating to national space legislative frameworks and policy, and represented the Australian Government at Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) meetings. He has also been appointed by UNCOPUOS to co-chair multilateral discussions on the exploration, exploitation and utilisation of space resources. He is a Director of the International Institute of Space Law, and a Member of the Space Law Committees of both the International Bar Association and International Law Association.

    Robert Milbourne, Managing Director, Mining Standards International

    Robert Milbourne is a mining and natural resources executive, adjunct professor and board director. He is an international corporate and transactional lawyer focused on the mining and natural resources sector, with experience in most commodities, and completed projects in over 20 jurisdictions around the world. Robert received the Australian Mining Lawyer of the Year Award at Legal Awards 2016 Corporate LiveWire.

    Mining Standards International, where Robert is Managing Director, is an advisory firm endorsed by governments, financial institutions, research and industry organisations, mining firms and other stakeholders in connection with its goal to further the development of global best practice standards in the mining industry. They ultimately seek to establish broadly accepted auditable standards for the sector and provide assurance and ratings against such standards to improve transparency and performance in the sector. MSI consulting services include advice to governments, mining firms, and other stakeholders and include transactional, strategic and commercial advice to stakeholders involved in all stages of the mining sector from exploration to project development, operation and rehabilitation. Current projects include expert advice to governments on development and review of mining regulatory frameworks, support to deep sea mining proponents, government financed research on international mining law best practices, and advice to major mining firms in connection with restructuring and recapitalisation.

    As Adjunct professor at University of Queensland, Robert teaches Mining and Natural Resources Law and International Resources Transactions. Appointed to the Law School Advisory Committee. He is also Industry Fellow of the Sustainable Minerals Institute.

    Dovilé Matuleviciute, Policy Officer – Legal Affairs, Luxembourg Space Agency

    Ms. Dovilé Matuleviciute currently holds the position of policy officer responsible for legal affairs at the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA).

    At the LSA, her fields of expertise are international affairs and relations as well as legal and regulatory issues. She works on the implementation of the 2017 Law on Space Resources, the enactment of a new national legislation on space activities and the registration of space objects. Ms. Matuleviciute is a delegate of Luxembourg to the International Relations Committee of ESA, the United Nations COPUOS Scientific & Technical Subcommittee and Legal Subcommittee.

    Before joining the Ministry of the Economy and the Luxembourg Space Agency in 2016, Ms. Matuleviciute worked at a private space company where she was responsible for legal and contractual matters. She gained her first experience in various fields, such as business law, markets regulation & competition law, intellectual property law, international public law and European Union law, at multiple internationally recognized law firms based in Vilnius, Berlin, Paris and Brussels.

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