Good Law | Bad Law #135 - To Infinity and Beyond, A Conversation w/ Space Law Professor Frans von der Dunk
Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Nebraska College of Law Professor Frans von der Dunk to discuss the ever-expanding field of Space Law.
50 years-ago, the Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took “one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind” and changed the world forever when they became the first people to set foot on the surface of the moon. They are in an elite group of 12 astronauts who have had that privilege; those who have been to the moon to collect samples of moon rocks, study it’s gravity, and collect as much data as they could for us to study back on earth.
But, as with everything important, rules have to be established to prevent companies and countries from taking advantage of an open system and preserving the moon for future scientists and generations. This is what launched the creation of space law and why our guest Professor von der Dunk joins us today from his home in the Netherlands. Aaron and Professor von der Dunk talk about the intricacies and challenges of space law and how we are aiming to establish a set of rules the entire world can agree upon.
It’s a truly fascinating episode on an area of law that most of us probably didn’t even know existed.
**Please excuse the audio quality on this episode: our connection with Professor von der Dunk was poor but the topic was too great to ignore.
Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Frans von der Dunk