to: 06 Jan 2021




The Open University Student Space Science Club are proud to present a talk by Dr Thomas Cheney on Space Law, governance and its implications for the development and commercialisation of space exploration.

Dr Thomas Cheney is Lecturer in Space Governance within AstrobiologyOU group at the Open University. He is active in researching space law, policy and governance. His research focuses on planetary protection and environmental aspects of space governance, as well as space resources and property rights.

He was previously a co-lead of the Space Generation Advisory Council’s Space Law and Policy Project Group and has, among other things, represented SGAC at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He was also a member of the Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group and participated in the development of Building Blocks for the Development of an International Framework on Space Resource Activities. Thomas is also Executive Director of the Centre for a Spacefaring Civilization.

He has a PhD in space law from Northumbria University, where his research focused on space resources and the associated issues of the relationship between property rights and sovereignty.

The event will be hosted on MS Teams and a link will be published to all registered attendees at a later date.