• Class Number 6669
  • Term Code 3050
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Space Law'
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Prof Steven Freeland
    • Prof Steven Freeland
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 06/07/2020
  • Class End Date 28/08/2020
  • Census Date 17/07/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 06/07/2020
SELT Survey Results

The content of this course may vary from year to year.  Please see Other Information below for details of any special courses currently on offer.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Synthesise and apply knowledge and ideas within the chosen special topic
  2. Review case law, legislation and scholarly writing as it pertains to the chosen special topic
  3. Incorporate social, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into legal analysis of the special topic
  4. Research and synthesise legal materials and other relevant sources to present a cohesive argument that addresses a legal question arising from the special topic
  5. Make original and reflective contributions to debates on theoretical, policy and practical issues relating to the special topic

Required Resources

The required readings consist of a series of source materials and book chapters/journal articles, that are available through the WATTLE course site.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Sessions Group 1, 10am-2pm 6, 8 July: 1. Introduction to the Unit /Administrative Details; 2. What is the legal definition of Space?; 3. Why do we need a legal regime for Space?; 4. The role of UNCOPUOS (United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space); 5. Space Law and Air Law compared; 6. Introduction to the UN Space Treaties Participation in Session Discussions
2 Sessions Group 2, 10am-2pm 10, 13, 15 July: 1. Recap of Sessions Group 1; 2. The UN Space Treaties; 3. The UN Principles Participation in Session Discussions
3 Sessions Group 3, 10am-2pm 17 July: 1. Recap of Sessions Group 2; 2. The UN Space Principles; 3. The Environment of Space and the Problem of Space Debris; 4. The International Space Station and Space Tourism; 5. Traffic Control Issues and Coordination with the Regulation of Air Travel; 6. The Needs of Developing Countries; 7. The Commercialisation and Privatisation of Outer Space Participation in Session Discussions
4 Sessions Group 4, 10am-2pm 20 July: 1. Recap of Sessions Group 3; 2. Financing and Insurance Aspects of Space Activities; 3. Military Uses of Outer Space; 4. Resolution of Disputes in Relation to Activities in Outer Space; 5. Future Legal Regulation of Space Activities – what needs to be done?; 6. Discussion of Major Research Paper Topics Participation in Session Discussions Major Research Paper Proposal presentation

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation in Session Discussions 10 % * * 1, 2, 3
Research Proposal 20 % 27/07/2020 24/08/2020 1, 2, 3
Major Research Paper 70 % 28/08/2020 11/09/2020 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


For all courses in intensive mode, the ANU College of Law considers participation in the classes offered to be an important part of the educational experience of the graduate program and students are required to attend ALL classes (and all of each class). In exceptional circumstances, a student may be granted permission by the Course Convenor, in consultation with the Stream Convenor or Director, LLM Program, to miss some classes, provided:

(a) it does not exceed a maximum of 25% of the classes;

(b) permission is requested in advance; and

(c) the request is supported, where appropriate, by adequate documentation.

Failure to comply with this policy may result in a student receiving the grade of NCN (non-complete fail). The normal pressures of work or planned personal trips do not constitute exceptional circumstances to justify an exemption from full compliance of this policy.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Participation in Session Discussions

Due: Ongoing

Assessment criteria:

Students will be assessed on active and positive contribution to the session discussions, indicating an understanding of the basic principles and demonstrating that the student has done the requisite reading and is prepared to engage with the issues raised in the readings and discussions.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 27/07/2020
Return of Assessment: 24/08/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Research Proposal

Nature of task: Outline of major research paper proposal focused on identification of relevant research question and relevant issues to be addressed.

Word limit: 1500 words

Due: 5pm (AEST), Monday 27 July 2020. Late submissions without an extension are permitted, although late penalties will apply.

NOTE: students must obtain prior approval of the proposed topic from the Course Convener by 2.00pm 20 July 2020.

Assessment criteria:

a) Identification of relevant question and issues

  • addresses an appropriate and relevant question
  • the major issues raised by the topic are clearly and concisely identified

b) Communication & development of argument

  • clear theme or argument
  • ideas/paragraphs linked coherently

c) Presentation, style and referencing

  • good use of structure and paragraphs
  • clarity and conciseness of expression, interesting and engaging of reader
  • use of appropriate terminology and correct grammar, syntax and spelling
  • style according to Australian Guide to Legal Citation or equivalent style guide
  • adherence to word limit

Assessment Task 3

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 28/08/2020
Return of Assessment: 11/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Major Research Paper

Nature of task: Research paper on proposed topic (previously approved by Course Convener)

Word limit: 5,600 words (inclusive of footnotes)

Due: 5pm (AEST), Friday 28 August 2020

Assessment criteria:

a) Understanding of the issues

  • addresses the question and covers all the important points
  • evidence of close consideration of the question and the research materials drawn on
  • issues raised by the topic are clearly and concisely identified
  • material chosen relates clearly to the topic and is analysed not just summarised or quoted extensively

b) Communication & development of argument

  • clear theme or argument
  • arguments logical and well-organised
  • ideas/paragraphs linked coherently

c) Argument/analysis

  • originality of ideas and critical analysis of the material
  • complexity and insight in dealing with theory/ideas
  • suggestions for change where appropriate
  • interdisciplinary perspective where appropriate
  • addressing opposing arguments
  • well-reasoned conclusions

d) Research

  • research covering primary and secondary materials
  • good organisation of sources and ability to synthesise all the research materials used
  • use of theoretical material where appropriate
  • range of research sources including material beyond the required / recommended readings for the Course
  • integration of material from research resources into the essay

e) Presentation, style and referencing

  • good use of structure, section headings and paragraphs
  • clarity and conciseness of expression, interesting and engaging of reader
  • use of appropriate terminology and correct grammar, syntax and spelling
  • full and accurate footnotes together with a bibliography
  • style according to Australian Guide to Legal Citation or equivalent style guide
  • adherence to word limit

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Steven Freeland
02 96859617

Research Interests

Space Law, International Law, International Criminal Law, Human Rights Law, International Environmental Law.

Prof Steven Freeland

By Appointment
Prof Steven Freeland
02 96859617

Research Interests

Prof Steven Freeland

By Appointment

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