On the legality of Mars colonisation

Joshua Fitzmaurice, Stacey Henderson

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Recent technological advancements made by governmental agencies and private industry have raised hopes for the future of human space flight beyond the Moon. These advancements are increasing the feasibil- ity of endeavours to establish a permanent human habitat on Mars, as a safeguard for our species, for scientific endeavours, and for commercial purposes. This article analyses some of the legal issues associated with Mars colonisation, focusing on the lawfulness of such a venture and the legal status of colonists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-856
Number of pages16
JournalAdelaide Law Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Mars colonisation
  • NASA
  • Space
  • Space law


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