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About The Space Court Foundation

“Absurdities reveal truth. Space activities involve a great deal of what was considered absurd 50 years ago. We find truth through our courts and trust their fact finding abilities to render justice. No matter where humans go, the rule of law must follow. We founded The Space Court Foundation to reveal not only truth about our future in space, but to ensure we carry with us the means for peaceful dispute resolution and remind ourselves of how important it is to defend the rule of law.” - Chris Hearsey, Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors



The Space Court Foundation, Inc. is an educational Pennsylvania 501(c)(3) nonprofit which manages two major programs, the Space Court Law Library and Stellar Decisis.

The Space Court Law Library is an open source reference for primary law sources that govern as well as touch and concern space activities. We intend to support both public international and space law moot court competitions to promote the rule of law, legal education, and young professionals under a diverse Board of Advisors. Our objective is to provide students, researchers, lawyers, and lay people a means by which to understand space law and how we can expect space-based disputes could arise and be adjudicated - even on Mars!

The Space Court Law Library is a web-based reference site and will be home to the most complete repository of primary source legal documents related to all national and international space law, private and public. In phase one of the project, we will compile and tag materials that have already been donated to the Foundation and will continue to build the website with the help of partner organizations. Phase two will introduce in text secondary source citations within the text based primary source materials. For example, on our website you will be able to highlight a phrase or term like 'jurisdiction and control' in the Outer Space Treaty and see top rated scholarly articles, definitions, comparative legal text, and eventually non-English materials.

Our second program is a YouTube space law series, Stellar Decisis, produced by John Michael Godier on his self-titled channel in conjunction with the educational organization Enterprise in Space led by Shawn Case. As of December 2018, John Michael Godier has produced over 300 episodes and currently has over 130,000 subscribers between his two channels.

Together, we are producing ten, one hour episodes keyed to space law themes like space resources, crime, law of armed conflict, immigration, employment, and sovereignty. We will also produce two specials, one celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings and one covering the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition and the IAC in Washington, DC.

The premise of Stellar Decisis is that in the near future there is sufficient activity in space such that countries have created a separate permanent court to handle all claims arising from space activities. There are three courts we will introduce in the series: State against State, private against private, and mixed claims arbitration.Each one hour episode contains a host introduction, an 'argued case' before the court, a panel of experts to discuss the episode's theme and ‘argued case’, and concluding remarks. We are currently in production and post-production is scheduled to conclude in April 2019. The series will be released soon thereafter in installments through year’s end.

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