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The Space Court Foundation continues the video series with a timely discussion about the future of space governance. This Round Table is a follow-up discussion after a first event on the Artemis Accords. The US has unveiled the Artemis Accords, a series of bilateral agreements meant to further the development of a lunar-mining industry. How are these Accords being received by the rest of the world? What impact might they have on the existing space-governance framework? What could they mean for international law?


Daniel Porras

Daniel Porras is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at the Secure World Foundation. Previously, Mr. Porras was the Space Security Fellow at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research, where he focused on political and legal issues surrounding space security. His main focus has been on the progressive development of sustainable norms of behavior for space activities. Mr. Porras conducted research on the emergence of new technologies and approaches to strategic stability in outer space. He was the resident technical expert for multiple UN bodies working on space security issues, including the Group of Governmental Experts on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space. Mr. Porras’ areas of expertise include international space law and policy, emerging technology threats, international law, and political science.


Mike Gold

Mike Gold currently serves as the Acting Associate Administrator for NASA’s Office of International and Interagency Relations. He is also responsible for providing strategic direction to the Office of General Counsel and supporting NASA’s LEO Commercialization efforts. Prior to joining NASA, Mr. Gold was the Vice President of Civil Space at MAXAR Technologies, and was also General Counsel for the company’s Radiant Solutions Business Unit. 

Dr. Cassandra Steer

Dr. Cassandra Steer is a Mission Specialist with the ANU Institute for Space (InSpace), and a lecturer at the ANU College of Law specialising in space law, space security and international law. 

Dr. Steer is the Canadian representative member on the International Law Association Space Law Committee, an Associate Expert on the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations, and a member of the International Institute of Space Law.

Andre Rypl

Andre Rypl is a Diplomat at the Mission of Brazil to the International Organizations in Vienna. As a career diplomat, he participated in a number of negotiations such as the guidelines on the long term sustainability of outer space activities and the COPUOS Space 2030 Agenda. He also participates as a speaker on a range of different topics, including TCBMs and the role of international cooperation in fostering the peaceful uses of outer space. He is the chair of the 62th session of COPUOS (2019).

Andre Rypl is participating in a personal capacity.

Dr. Guoyu Wang

Dr. Guoyu Wang has served as a Chinese delegate to United Nations Committee of Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) since 2012, as well as assigned as a Chinese expert to the Long-term Sustainability for Outer Space Activities Working Group (LTSWG) of UNCOPUOS (2012-2018). Dr. Wang also plays an active role in international initiatives in space law beyond UN framework. He is an editorial member and expert of McGill Manual for the International Law Applicable for Military Use of Outer Space (MILAMOS) since 2018 and an expert of The Hague International Working Group on Space Resources Governance since 2015.

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