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SWF Space Sustainability Research Fellowship Results: Polycentricity in Space Governance and “Is Outer Space a Commons?”
Friday, December 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In 2022, the Secure World Foundation established the SWF Space Sustainability Research Fellowship program. The research fellows investigate fundamental questions and clarify fundamental concepts in space sustainability, including the verification aspects of ASAT prohibitions and the use of unilateral commitments and/or non-binding multilateral instruments in the formation of customary international law.
This webinar, hosted by SWF, featured the results of this year’s cohort of Research Fellows.
Prof. Dr. Olga Volynskaya is a visiting Professor at the College of Law of Prince Sultan University (PSU), Saudi Arabia. Olga’s research will focus on the nature and legal effect of non-legally binding political commitments, the recent UNGA resolution on ASATs, national unilateral declarations to not test or conduct ASATs, and related issues.
Benjamin Silverstein, formerly of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), focused his research on what types of behaviors and threats can space situational awareness (SSA) verify, what types of verification are possible in the context of ASAT prohibitions, and related matters.