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Introduction to Space Law and Policy (Online)

New Course e-Mark Distance Learning
Course Code
COML9116
Application Code
1950-2405NW
Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
04 Oct 2021 (Mon)
Duration
24 hours
Language
English
Course Fee
Course Fee : HK$4,320
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Deadline on 30 Sep 2021 (Thu)
Enquiries
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Introduction to Space Law and Policy- "Hitchhiker’s Guide to Space Law"
Why study this online course? 

Humanity is hurtling toward Space 4.0, with the amplified presence of commercial non-state actors, such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic / Virgin Orbit part of the so-called “Billionaire Space race”. Aside from the commercialization of space, there are increasing tensions in space between international players. This online course will explore international space law and policy and also the possible directions humanity could take in our engagement with ‘the final frontier’.
 

Are there laws in space? Who is responsible for space debris? Can we mine the moon? What is the militarisation of space? Find out more on- Introduction to Space Law and Policy- "Hitchhiker’s Guide to Space Law"!

The main objective of the course is to examine the role of international law in the regulation of outer space activities, particularly with the rapid commercialisation of outer space, and the increase in the number of state and non-state participants in outer space activities. The course will explore a variety of topics including the regulation of the use of outer space for peaceful (and non-peaceful) purposes, review the international legal framework governing space activities, exploitation of space natural resources, liability for damage caused by space activities, and legal ramifications of military and security activities in outer space. This course will be taught by Annie Handmer, a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Science, in the School of History and Philosophy of Science, (who also has her own podcast – ‘Space Junk’) and Steven Freeland, who is an Emeritus Professor of International Law at the University of Western Sydney, Visiting Professor in International Law at the University of Copenhagen, and a Member of Faculty of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law. He has also been a Visiting Professional within the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, a member of the Australian delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and a Special Advisor to the Danish Foreign Ministry in matters related to the International Criminal Court.

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Application Code 1950-2405NW Apply Online Now
Start Date 01 Oct 2021 (Fri)
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Duration
  • Medium of Instruction
    English

Introduction to Space Law and Policy- "Hitchhiker’s Guide to Space

Law"

Module One – what is this thing called space law?

  • Intro to International Space Law 

  • Liability, Rescue & Return, Registration, and the Moon

Module Two – the big issues

  • Space debris

  • Mega-constellations

  • Dual-Use technology

Module Three – beyond Earth

  • Space resources

  • Murder and mayhem: bad behaviour in space

  • Settling space: the laws of off-Earth communities

Provisional Timetable

Session

Date

Hong Kong Time

GMT Time

1

 4 Oct 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

2

 7 Oct 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

3

11 Oct 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

4

14 Oct 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

5

18 Oct 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

6

21 Oct 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

7

25 Oct 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

8

28 Oct 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

9

 1 Nov 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

10

 4 Nov 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

11

 8 Nov 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

12

11 Nov 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

13

15 Nov 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

14

18 Nov 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

15

22 Nov 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

16

25 Nov 2021 (1.5 hours)

19:30-21:00

11:30 – 13:00

Note: The Online Course may not be offered if there is insufficient enrollment.

There are no specific entry requirements, but students should have competence in English language given the language of instruction. 

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$4,320

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Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.

Notes

  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.