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Cassandra Steer

Cassandra Steer

Lecturer, ANU Center for International and Public Law; Mission Specialist, ANU Institute for Space, Australian National University
I am a senior consultant and lecturer, specialising in space law and space policy at the Australian National University College of Law. I have over 13 years’ professional experience in academia and strategic direction of research centres and NGOs. I was an Assistant Professor at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, where I taught and researched comparative criminal law and international criminal law. I moved to Canada in 2015 to become the Executive Director of the McGill Institute for Air and Space Law, and to pursue my research in space security and the applicability of the law of armed conflict to space. I was concurrently Executive Director of Women in International Security-Canada. For a short period before my maternity leave I took up the position of Acting Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, where I organized and facilitated a high level national roundtable on space security and space weaponization. I have recently relocated to Australia to continue my specialisation in space law, and to provide legal and policy expertise to research and technology development undertaken under the ANU Institute for Space (InSpace).

Global Geopolitics Series

Anti-satellite weapons: the US has sworn off tests, and Australia should follow suit

Apr 23, 2022 08:11 am UTC| Politics

When United States Vice-President Kamala Harris was at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California earlier this week she said the US would not conduct tests of destructive, direct ascent anti-satellite missiles. This...

SpaceX's historic launch gives Australia's booming space industry more room to fly

Jun 03, 2020 15:00 pm UTC| Technology

At the weekend, Elon Musks commercial giant SpaceX launched two NASA astronauts in a spacecraft named Crew Dragon which, from the inside, looked like a souped-up Tesla. The Falcon 9 rocket launched the spacecraft,...

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Economy

SK Chemicals sets recycled plastic circulation ecosystem platform

SK Chemicals Co. has established a business platform for a recycled plastic circulation ecosystem dubbed Eeum that connects producers, partners, and brands online. Plastic industry insiders and businesses with...

McDonald’s to sell Russian business to existing Siberia-based licensee

McDonalds will sell its Russian business to Alexander Govor, its current licensee in the market, and operate it under a new brand. Govor has agreed to buy all of McDonalds locations in Russia and has also agreed to keep...

Taco Bell brings back its Mexican Pizza after customers started petitioning for its return

Taco Bell has finally brought back the customers favorite food item, which is Mexican Pizza. The Irvine, California headquartered fast-food restaurant chain added it again to the menu after a nearly 2-year absence. As...

Under Armour’s chief Patrik Frisk unexpectedly vacates CEO post, COO to take over

Under Armour, an American sports apparel, athletic shirts, shoes, and accessories company, announced the upcoming departure of its chief executive officer, Patrik Frisk. He will step down, and an interim chief has been...

Google's Russian unit filed for bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account

Googles local subsidiary in Russia has filed for bankruptcy, and this was posted on the Russian office of registry - Fedresurs. The post was said to have been publicized on Wednesday, May 18. In the message, Googles...

Politics

UN calls on Iran to stop execution of Swedish-Iranian national

Iran is set to execute a Swedish-Iranian national who is being charged with espionage against the country. The United Nations Human Rights office is now calling on Tehran to stop the execution from taking place. Reuters...

Myanmar coup: Shadow government defense chief urges West to provide arms to resistance in fight against junta

It has been more than a year since the Myanmar military seized control of the country and ousted its democratically-elected government. The defense chief of the countrys shadow government has now urged the West to provide...

North Korea: UN warns COVID outbreak may lead to 'devastating' consequences for human rights

The isolated nation of North Korea is tackling an outbreak of COVID-19 infections in the country, resulting in a nationwide lockdown. With the measures in place, the United Nations warned that the consequences of the...

Kevin McCarthy has 'nowhere to run' following subpoena from Jan. 6 committee, says former federal prosecutor

The congressional committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has moved towards issuing subpoenas to several sitting Republican members of Congress in recent weeks. According to a former federal prosecutor, House...

Science

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Osaka University team proves safety of iPS-based cornea transplant

An Osaka University research team has concluded that the worlds first clinical trial, transplanting corneal tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, was safe and effective. According to the...

Technology

‘The Last of Us’ remake for PS5 is once again reported to launch in late 2022

It is still unknown where the franchise of The Last of Us is going after its sequel launched in 2019, but it appears that Naughty Dog is working on bringing the first game to the latest generation of PlayStation. The...

iPhone 14 series could launch in mid-September

Apple is expected to maintain its annual schedule of events this year, including the launch of the iPhone 14 series. While the tech giant is very likely to announce its new range of smartphones, a new report claims to have...

Pixel Buds Pro will be available in 12 countries, report says

As Google announced during this years I/O conference, it has a slate of new devices entering the market this year. Some of them will be released this summer, including the Pixel Buds Pro with specs and features that rivals...

LG Uplus unveils metaverse platform featuring virtual office and zoo

LG Uplus Corp. unveiled the Uplus Metaverse platform which includes Uplus Virtual Office for office workers and Uplus Kids Zoo for children. To simulate a true office environment, Uplus Virtual Office provides a virtual...
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