Steven Freeland

Emeritus Professor of International Law, Western Sydney University; Professorial Fellow, Bond University

Western Sydney University

Steven Freeland is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, where he was previously the Dean of the School of Law, and Professorial Fellow at Bond University. He also holds Visiting or Adjunct positions at various other Universities/Institutes in Copenhagen, Vienna, Toulouse, Hong Kong, Montreal, Kuala Lumpur, Vancouver, Mumbai 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 government-appointed Member of the Australian Space Agency Advisory Board 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. He represents the Australian Government at Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) meetings and, in June 2021, was appointed by UNCOPUOS as Vice-Chair of a 5-year ‘Working Group on Legal Aspects of Space Resource Activities’. He has also been a Visiting Professional within the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Court, and a Special Advisor to the Danish Foreign Ministry in matters related to the International Criminal Court. He is a co-Principal of specialised space law firm Azimuth Advisory, a Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on the Future of Space, a previous Director of the International Institute of Space Law (2010-2022), a Member of the Advisory Board of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), a Member of the Space Law Committee of the International Law Association and a previous Member of the Space Law and War Crimes Committees of the International Bar Association. In 2022, he was presented with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the International Institute of Space Law, the highest accolade awarded by that institution. In addition to co-Editing the Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals book series, he also sits on the Editorial Board / Advisory Board of several internationally recognised academic journals.


Aerospace 2050

16 November 2023 | 11:50 - 12:25 | Panel: New space race - increased satellite launches!

According to an article by Eurocontrol there has been a 4 times growth in satellites and an average of 1700 satellites to be launched every year by 2030. How has the economies of scale and reduced prices of small satellites impacted launch? What is the impact of these mega constellation launches on the space industry and beyond?​


Aerospace 2050

16 November 2023 | 14:25 - 14:55 | Panel: What are we doing about space junk removal?​

Discussing concerns about space debris and what is being done to clean up orbital space debris. Highlighting how countries can collaborate to minimize debris and promote more sustainable operations in orbit. Analyzing solutions that help to avoid creating new debris and removing the debris already in space

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