2019 - 22nd Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Who has a Right to Space?: Space Colonization Considering State Rights to Territory

Department or Major

Politics

Location

Lillard 128

Abstract

This talk examines the importance of establishing a doctrine of space colonization by asking the question: What are the rights of states to space colonization? I attempt to outline a preliminary analogy between the human history of colonization and present and future explorations into space. This allows me to propose a doctrine of "distributive space justice" that takes into consideration the colonization potential of space powers like the United States and Russia, while also considering developing programs in Brazil and even less-developed states. As an example, part of my proposal includes the creation of a United Nations committee which will be charged with allotting equal "space" so that competing state claims for territory can be adjudicated in a fair and peaceful manner.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2019 2:30 PM

End Date

4-9-2019 3:45 PM

Panel

Rethinking Rights at the Technological Frontier

Panel Moderator

Evan Oxman

Field of Study for Presentation

International Relations, Politics

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Apr 9th, 2:30 PM Apr 9th, 3:45 PM

Who has a Right to Space?: Space Colonization Considering State Rights to Territory

Lillard 128

This talk examines the importance of establishing a doctrine of space colonization by asking the question: What are the rights of states to space colonization? I attempt to outline a preliminary analogy between the human history of colonization and present and future explorations into space. This allows me to propose a doctrine of "distributive space justice" that takes into consideration the colonization potential of space powers like the United States and Russia, while also considering developing programs in Brazil and even less-developed states. As an example, part of my proposal includes the creation of a United Nations committee which will be charged with allotting equal "space" so that competing state claims for territory can be adjudicated in a fair and peaceful manner.