Inaugural Arms Control Law Podcast: Jack Beard and the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities

I’m very pleased to announce a new initiative here at Arms Control Law. I’ve been planning this for some time and have finally gotten things going.  The idea is a podcast series – yes, I know everyone is doing podcasts.  But this one is devoted to discussions/interviews with scholars and practitioners in the arms control law area.

Most of the discussions will feature scholars working on new projects – articles or books, and the podcast will be a way for the author to briefly introduce the subject of the work to the ACL audience through a 30 minute or so discussion with me and with my co-host Professor Jack Beard from the University of Nebraska College of Law.  Jack was a long-time practitioner of arms control law in the U.S. government, and is now a prolific arms control law scholar.  He is also the chair of the International Law Association American Branch’s Use of Force Law Committee, which is co-sponsoring this podcast series.

I’m hoping that this podcast series will provide a new vehicle for disseminating quality arms control law scholarship, as well as discussions on current topics in the field, in a medium that can be listened to anywhere – in the car, at the gym, etc.

We’re going to kick off the series with a discussion of one of Jack’s own recent papers, entitled “Soft Law’s Failure on the Horizon: The International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities.”  This article has been accepted for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law. You can find the paper here on SSRN. It’s an extremely timely critique of the E.U’s Code of Conduct in this area, and includes some really interesting questions about international legal sources, i.e. the role of soft law in the arms control area. Listeners should feel free to post comments and questions about the podcast.


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