There are rules about what we can do in space so activities are undertaken responsibility and sustainably. Learn more about the growing field of space law and what kind of areas within law it works alongside.

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What does a space lawyer do?

Space lawyers provide advice and prepare legal contracts and documentation to ensure compliance with Australian and international laws and treaties.

Space belongs to everyone, but there are rules about what we can do in space. There are a number of international and domestic treaties, rules and principles involved in conducting any activities in space. Space law encompasses things like space exploration, liability for damage, use of weapons, environmental responsibilities and information sharing. It overlaps with a number of other areas within law, such as intellectual property, environmental, criminal and commercial law.

The development of the commercial space sector has resulted in an increased need for lawyers who specialise in space law.

What you’ll need to know and do

Start-ups and bigger companies in the space industry need legal advice to ensure that their activities are compliant with relevant laws. Lawyers may also help them prepare contracts, applications for launch licenses and other documentation required as part of their business.

Your study pathway

The minimum study requirement to work as a space lawyer is an undergraduate law degree.

Almost all universities in Australia offer degrees in law. Visit individual university websites for more information.

Key resources

Our key space career job roles and study pathways information is packaged up into downloadable PDFs that students, teachers or parents can easily browse through and keep as a handy reference.

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Careers in space booklet

Our space career booklet covers all the space careers we talk about online, and can be downloaded by students, teachers or parents to read, share or use in the classroom.


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