NEWPORT, R.I. - The U.S. Naval War College's Professor Joan Johnson-Freese
will deliver the keynote speech on "Building a Foundation for Future Space Stability" at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies in Belgium, Sept. 8-9.
The Leuven Centre is sponsoring a workshop entitled "Militarization of Space: International Legal Perspectives
," at which Dr. Johnson-Freese will also chair a session.
The purpose of the workshop is to assess how existing public international law addresses the wide variety of ways in which outer space is - respectively could be - used to support States' military activities. Many of the questions that arise in this context have in common that the demarcation between airspace and outer space is a matter of both legal and practical relevance. State practice respectively policy dealing with the militarization of outer space has evolved far beyond what had been envisaged at the time of drafting the currently applicable international legal framework. As a result, the question arises whether such practice and policy may serve to inspire the regulatory framework of the future, or whether the existing framework remains comprehensive and appropriate.
Workshop sessions will explore "International Humanitarian Law and Offensive Operations Involving Outer Space," International Space Law & The Militarization of Space: What is Permitted vs. What is Prohibited?," "The Use of Satellites for Gathering Intelligence of Military Value," "National Approaches to the Law Governing the Militarization of Space," and "International Organizations and the International Law applicable to the Militarization of Space."
Dr. Johnson-Freese will join colleagues from such institutions as the U.K. Royal Air Force, McGill University, Leiden University, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, U.S. Strategic Command, Renmin University of China, and the United Nations.
Dr. Johnson-Freese has been a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College since 2002. Within international and national security studies, she focuses on globalization and technology programs and policies generally, and space programs and policies specifically, including issues relating to technology transfer, missile defense, and space security. Dr. Johnson-Freese has testified before Congress on several occasions regarding Chinese space activities and space security issues. She is on the editorial board of China Security, a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the International Space University, served on the Space Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Lyles Commission to examine the future of the U.S. civil space program, and an Adjunct Professor at the Watson Institute, Brown University. Her recent books include Heavenly Ambitions: America's Quest to Dominate Space
and Space as a Strategic Asset
By Cmdr. Carla McCarthy, Naval War College Public Affairs