Policy, Legal Processes and Precedents for Space Mining

Scot W. Anderson, Korey J. Christensen, Julia La Manna, Katherine Wood, Payne Institute Fellow Alex Gilbert, and Director Morgan Bazilian write a chapter in the new Handbook of Space Resources.  When humankind began to reach into outer space, it thought of space like the ocean. The high seas are beyond the law of any nation, and so are governed by international law.  Outer space is similarly beyond the jurisdiction of any nation, and so the space-faring nations looked at international law to regulate space activities.  April 30, 2023.