2 mins read 21 Jan 2022

Space Junk - Space, Law and Morality (with Duncan Blake)

Annie Handmer is back in 2022 with the excellent Space Junk Podcast and chats with Duncan Blake who is currently completing his PhD in space law with Adelaide University. 

In this episode, I speak to Wing Commander Duncan Blake who spent 22 years as a legal officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, most recently in the Middle East where he provided legal support to aerial targeting operations in Iraq and Syria. He served as the Deputy Director of Operations and International Law for the Australian Department of Defence, providing operations and international law advice and support at the highest levels within Defence and across government. Those of you listening might know Duncan better from his work in international space law. Duncan is currently doing a PhD in space law through Adelaide University and is a driving force behind the Woomera Manual on international law applicable to military space activities. He also teaches at UNSW Canberra.

If you’d like to read more about his work, you can find more information here and here

The paper we refer to in the episode is 'I am not the High Priest in a Secular Military!' and can be accessed here

The Steven Shapin paper on the role of experts is called 'The Way We Trust Now: the authority of science and the character of the scientists'


Dr Annie Handmer has completed her PhD on international cooperation in Space and shares her conversations with people working in niche areas of the Astro industry around the world. Sometimes topical, sometimes philosophical, and always fascinating, Space Junk Podcast is an eclectic collection of insights into the Space world that will leave you with a new perspective on the final frontier.

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