#6: Terra Nullius and the Principality of Sealand

We follow up on the results of the auction for the moon dust encrusted Lunar Sample Return Bag previously discussed in Moon Law #3. Then, Alan explains the legal concept of “Terra Nullius”, and how it does (or doesn’t) apply to space colonization. Kris discusses the history of Sealand, a micro-nation which has used a claim of Terra Nullius as the basis for their independence for nearly 50 years.

 

Show Notes

CollectSpace.com article about the sale of the Lunar Sample Return Bag

CollectSpace.com Article about the sale of the Apollo 15 Bulova watch (2015)

CBS News on the sale of the Vostok Capsule for $2.9 Million (2011)

University of Illinois Law Review article about the legal history of Sealand, which focuses on HavenCo – an interesting bit of more recent Sealand history we didn’t have time for.

The Principality of Sealand – Become a Lord, Lady, Baron or Baroness

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