[WEBINAR] Implications of the Artemis Accords for Australia

9 July 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
via Zoom

In lieu of our usual face to face workshops, we bring you a short webinar panel on some of the Australia-specific issues arising from the new Artemis Accords. The webinar will consist of a brief presentation by each panellist, followed by a panel discussion.

Audience members will be able to participate via Slido and live chat. A Slido code will be provided a few days in advance of the event.

The webinars will take place over Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link and secure your spot, places are limited!

SIAA LogoThe ACSER 2020 webinar series is proudly brought to you with the support of an SIAA Space Industry Development Grant.


Implications of the Artemis Accords for Australia

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 2 pm AEST.

The Artemis Accords have been proposed by the US as a series of bilateral agreements to help facilitate human exploration of space, particularly the moon. These agreements are outside the treaty process that has till now governed space. With Australia committed to its own Moon to Mars program, and a signatory to the Moon Agreement, it will be more affected by the progress of the Artemis Accords than many countries. This workshop brings together a number of Australian stakeholders to discuss where Australia stands in this new environment.



Cassandra SteerDr Cassandra Steer , Lecturer, ANU College of Law / Mission Specialist, InSpace

Dr. Cassandra Steer is a Mission Specialist with the ANU Institute of Space (InSpace), and a lecturer at the College of Law specialising in space law, space security and international law. Dr. Steer has more than a decade of international experience teaching at universities in Australia, Europe, North America and South America, and brings a comparative perspective to all her research and teaching.

Dr. Steer was formerly Acting Executive Director at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Ethics and Rule of Law, where her major focus was the design and delivery of a high level international conference on “The Weaponization of Outer Space: Ethical and Legal Boundaries”. Previously she has held positions as Executive Director of Women in International Security - Canada, Executive Director of the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, and Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam. She has a degree in philosophy (UNSW); undergraduate and Masters degrees in law and a PhD in International Criminal Law., all from the University of Amsterdam. In 2011 Dr Steer was a Fulbright Scholar at Cornell Law School, and she has been a Visiting Scholar at McGill Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia Law School, and the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires.

From her background in State responsibility, international criminal law and international humanitarian law, Dr. Steer became a specialist in international space law, particularly interested in how technology has changed the way international relations and wars are conducted. Her current research focuses on space security, including space situational awareness and space traffic management, and the application of the law of armed conflict and use of force in outer space. She has also been a consultant to military lawyers in the Canadian Judge Advocate General’s Office and to the U.S. Department of Defense on these issues.

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.



Prof Andrew Dempster

Prof Andrew Dempster, Director, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, UNSW Sydney

Professor Andrew Dempster is Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has a BE and MEngSc from UNSW and a PhD from University of Cambridge in efficient circuits for signal processing arithmetic. In the late 80s he was system engineer and project manager for the first GPS receiver developed in Australia and has been involved in satellite navigation ever since.

His current research interests are in satellite navigation receiver design and signal processing, areas where he has seven patents, and new location technologies. He is leading the development of space engineering research at ACSER.


Donald Rothwell

Prof Donald R. Rothwell, FAAL, Professor of International Law, ANU College of Law

Don Rothwell is a Professor of International Law at the ANU College of Law. His research has a specific focus on law of the sea, law of the polar regions, international dispute resolution and implementation of international law within Australia. He has acted as a consultant or been a member of expert groups for UN Environment Programme, UN Development Programme, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Australian Government, and acted as advisor to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Rothwell has authored, co-authored or edited 22 books including The International Law of the Sea, The Polar Regions and the Development of International Law and International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspectives 3rd edition. He has extensive media experience across multiple platforms.


Nikki Coleman

Revd. Dr. Nikki Coleman , Chaplain (SQNLDR), Senior Chaplain Ethicist, Royal Australian Air Force

Chaplain (FLTLT) Revd. Dr. Nikki Coleman is a military space ethicist and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) chaplain based in Canberra, Australia. She has taught military ethics to cadets and midshipmen at the Australian Defence Force Academy, as well as teaching bioethics at the Australian National University and Yale University. Nikki is a Visiting Research Fellow with the RAAF Air Power Development Centre, Case Western Reserve University’s Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence and is the team lead for the UNSW Canberra Space Ethics research group.


Donna LawlerDonna Lawler, Principal, AZIMUTH Advisory, Space Law Specialists

Donna Lawler is a Principal at Azimuth Advisory and is a member of the International Institute of Space Lawyers. She is an experienced commercial lawyer specialising in complex transactions in the space and telecommunications industries. Over almost twenty years in the satellite industry she has been an advisor to a range of commercial space organisations, including operators of cubesats, established operators of geo-stationary satellites and launch services providers. Prior to co-founding Azimuth Advisory, Donna served as Assistant General Counsel for Optus Satellite, an Australian satellite operator, where she advised on the build, launch and insurance programmes for six geo-stationary satellites


Joon Wayn Cheong

Annie Handmer, PhD Candidate, Sydney University

Annie Handmer is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science, in the School of History and Philosophy of Science. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy, with Honours in History and Philosophy of Science, also from the University of Sydney. Annie’s research focuses on the sociology of science and scientific cooperation in extreme environments.

In addition to her academic studies, she is a member of the History of Science Society, the Society for the History of Technology, the Space Generation Advisory Council, the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Australia and New Zealand Space Law Interest Group, the AYAA Aerospace Futures Committee, and is also the host and creator of the Space Junk Podcast.