Michael Listner, Sunday, 12-13-15

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Michael Listner, Sunday, 12-13-15

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2 thoughts on “Michael Listner, Sunday, 12-13-15

  1. Michael,

    I finally got around to listening to your latest Space Show. If I had listened live I would have called in to try to get you to be a bit more specific as regards your concerns about the Moon Treaty. Since it’s not been ratified by (almost) all of the space powers in the decades they’ve had to do so, are you concerned that passage of the latest US law might lead more countries to now consider signing the Moon Treaty as a knee-jerk reaction, to try to limit the US? Even if others did, it still wouldn’t be binding on the US or anyone else who continued to not ratify it. In fact, I notice in today’s International Institute of Space Law position paper on the latest US law, http://www.iislweb.org/docs/SpaceResourceMining.pdf, they not only find the law not in violation of the OST, but also refer to the “Moon Agreement”, since it’s not a formal Treaty for a country (I guess?) until it’s ratified by that country.

    We know there will be no change in the ‘situation on the ground’ (or ‘situation in space’, as it were) regarding space resources, for the next several years (at least). Which do you think are more likely: that more nations will suddenly start ratifying the Moon Agreement; or, that other space powers will start to write their version of space resources law, to meet the “authorize and continuously supervise” the activities of their citizens?

    Dave Huntsman

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    1. 1. Since it’s not been ratified by (almost) all of the space powers in the decades they’ve had to do so, are you concerned that passage of the latest US law might lead more countries to now consider signing the Moon Treaty as a knee-jerk reaction, to try to limit the US?

      In a round about way yes. There have been a lot of countries who have ratified the Moon Treaty over the past several years. What I’m watching are what three countries in particular might do in response.

      2. In fact, I notice in today’s International Institute of Space Law position paper on the latest US law, http://www.iislweb.org/docs/SpaceResourceMining.pdf, they not only find the law not in violation of the OST, but also refer to the “Moon Agreement”, since it’s not a formal Treaty for a country (I guess?) until it’s ratified by that country

      Saw it. I don’t have anything good to say about this “consensus” so all I’ll say is I made a vocal response that I think they are misreading the law based on the interpretation of its proponents. The only response was along the lines that 21 lawyers can’t be wrong.

      3. Which do you think are more likely: that more nations will suddenly start ratifying the Moon Agreement; or, that other space powers will start to write their version of space resources law, to meet the “authorize and continuously supervise” the activities of their citizens?

      Maybe both.

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