TSU is ready to train specialists in space law
11.02.2019

The TSU Institute of Law can train specialists in space law by the order of Roscosmos and the Russian Academy of Sciences. The university is ready to launch a number of special courses on this subject under the new Master's program Legal Support of National Security.

- The USSR was an ideologue of developing international agreements. To date, there are about a dozen international agreements and conventions regulating these legal relations to which the Russian Federation is a party. Legal issues in this area need to be dealt with not only in order to respect the interests of the Russian Federation, but also to take into account Russia's views in international lawmaking, -comments Azat Antonyan, director of the TSU Research and Educational Center Intellectual Property and Intellectual Rights.

The TSU Institute of Law is already conducting training in Legal Support of National Security (specialty), and at the moment it is launching a Master's program in this area. With its implementation, the university can train specialists in space law under international law.

- There are developments for this today, and in the near future, the LI, at the request of Roscosmos and the Russian Academy of Sciences, may well launch a number of special courses on the designated topics, - said Azat Antonyan. - In connection with the development of space activities in China, the United States, and Russia (China and the Russian Federation are making statements about the exploration of the moon, the United States is discussing in the media flights to Mars and mining in asteroids) space law experts, albeit in small numbers (still a fairly narrow industry) will be in demand in the next 10 years.

- We have already considered such a question when we and MISiS created an analog of the lunar soil. In this regard, we thought over what to do with minerals mined in space when we bring them to Earth, - said Konstantin Belyakov, TSU Vice-Rector for Innovation. - Conventionally, a TSU professor flew to Mars, mined 10 tons of diamonds there, and delivered them to the Earth - and it turned out that they do not belong to him, but to all mankind. Then a collision arises: the entrepreneur, or in our case the professor, is not interested in the results of this activity. Or he must recycle these diamonds in orbit and then smuggle to the Earth, which is not good.

According to Konstantin Belyakov, to solve such situations from a legal point of view, the conference proposed to create a specialized international service that would regulate the issues of mining in space objects and the very use of space objects by earthlings.