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ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019 – Lecture 10 with Mr Duncan Blake

The International Law Section invites you to attend its final ILS International Law and Practice Course lecture for 2019. For lecture ten we have guest speaker Mr Duncan Blake who will speak on the topic of ‘space law’.

Basics of Space Law

The lecture will cover the basics of ‘space law’, including the space-specific treaties, and also other areas of law with an application to space activities. It will extend to national implementation of international space law in Australia and abroad. It will discuss the three major challenges in global space governance at the moment:

(1) sustainable use of outer space (especially Earth orbits);

(2) military space activities; and

(3) space resource utilisation.

Finally, the lecture will also explore the contexts for legal practice, and especially advocacy and policy development, in response to these challenges.

Duncan Blake

Duncan Blake transferred from the permanent Air Force to the Reserves in January 2017, after 22 years as a Legal Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. He worked at the tactical, operational and strategic levels at home and on deployment overseas. Duncan has contributed extensively to doctrine and policy for the Australian Department of Defence and whole-of-government, on issues of operations law and space law.

He has chaired inter-departmental and international working groups on space law, especially in a military and strategic context. Although this work is not publicly accessible, he has authored many articles, including an article for which he was awarded the 2011 Lieber Society Military Prize by the American Society of International Law. He has undergraduate degrees in law and economics from the University of Western Australia, a Master of Laws degree by coursework from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Laws degree by research from McGill University.

He is also a graduate of Australian Command and Staff College. His thesis topic for his Masters at McGill University was on the need for a ‘Manual on International Law Applicable to Warfare in Space’. Duncan is currently Managing Editor of a project that brings together a group of international experts to draft such a manual, aiming for publication in 2021. He is also undertaking doctoral research at The University of Adelaide on a topic associated with the project


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Doris Wimmler
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