Dr Christopher J Newman

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Reader in Space Law and Policy

I have been active in the teaching and research of space law for several years, in particular examining the ethical and environmental underpinnings of space governance. I have also acted as a consultant on space law matters to commercial law firms. I have worked with national and international media as a space law expert and I am available for academic comment on areas of space law and policy.

Teaching and supervision

I teach Space Law (LAW334) a stage 3 option module on Law LLB (Hons). I also teach Public Law (LAW122) on stage 1 of the LLB. I am dissertation supervisor for both undergraduate (LAW307) and postgraduate (LAWM33) law programmes.

Research interests for potential research students

I have extensive experience of Postgraduate Supervision and have supervised both PhD and DProf students to completion. I would be very interested in hearing from students who are looking to engage in research on any area of Space Law and Space Policy.


I was appointed Reader in Space Law and Policy in June 2013 and I was Unit of Assessment leader for the Law submission to REF 2014. I am Head of the Centre for Legal Research at Sunderland. I am actively engaged in research in the emerging field of space law and policy and have been internationally recognised as an expert on UK and European space governance and environmental and ethical aspects of space activity.


Number of items: 21.


Newman, Christopher (2017) UK Space Policy & Brexit: Voyage into the Unknown. The Precis (VIII). pp. 14-21.

Newman, Christopher (2017) The Draft UK Spaceflight Bill 2017: Bold Vision or Future Imperfect? The Precis (XI). pp. 28-33.

Newman, Christopher and Listner, Michael J. (2015) A very British coup: Lessons from the draft UK Regulations for Cubesats. The Space Review.

Newman, Christopher (2015) Establishing an ecological ethical paradigm for space activity” ROOM. The Space Journal, 2 (4).

Newman, Christopher and Listner, Michael (2015) Failure to launch: the technical, ethical and legal case against Mars One. The Space Review.

Newman, Christopher (2015) Seeking tranquillity: Embedding sustainability in lunar exploration policy. Space Policy. ISSN 0265-9646 (In Press)

Newman, Christopher and Rackow, Peter (2011) Criminalising Symbols : An Anglo-German Comparison. The Journal of Criminal Law, 75. ISSN 0022-0183

Newman, Christopher and Middleton, Ben (2010) Any Excuse for Certainty: English Perspectives on Defence of 'Reasonable Excuse'. The Journal of Criminal Law, 74 (5). pp. 472-486. ISSN 0022-0183

Newman, Christopher (2009) On the spot fines and subsequent criminal proceedings arising from the same incident. The Journal of Criminal Law, 73 (5). ISSN 0022-0183

Newman, Christopher (2009) Racially Aggravated Public Order: Motivation of Racial Remark and absence of a victim'DPP v Dykes. The Journal of Criminal Law, 73 (4). ISSN 0022-0183

Newman, Christopher (2009) Relevance of Driving Skill to a charge of Dangerous Driving R v Bannister. The Journal of Criminal Law, 73 (6). ISSN 0022-0183

Newman, Christopher (2008) Offensive Pictures posted on the Internet causing distress. Offensive Pictures posted on the Internet causing distress, 72 (6). p. 481.

Newman, Christopher (2008) Racially aggravated conduct and political intent. Racially aggravated conduct and political intent, 72 (6).

Newman, Christopher (2008) Use of force and restraint prior to arrest.' Wood v DPP. The Journal of Criminal Law, 72 (5). ISSN 0022-0183

Newman, Christopher (2006) Allowing Free Speech and Prohibiting Persecution - a Contemporary Sophie's Choice. Journal of Criminal Law, 70 (4). pp. 329-350. ISSN 00220183

Book Section

Newman, Christopher (2017) The regulation of satellites in the 21st century space environment. In: Outer Space Law. Global Law and Business. ISBN 9781911078197 (In Press)

Newman, Christopher (2016) ‘The Way to Eden’: Environmental legal and ethical values in interplanetary space flight. In: The Ethics of Space Exploration. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-39827-3 (In Press)

Newman, Christopher (2015) Protecting Space: In search of a new Ethical paradigm for Space Activities. In: Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A Global Research Companion. Routledge, pp. 299-324. ISBN 978-0-415-72528-6

Newman, Christopher (2008) A Chilling Consensus: Political Protest in the UK and the War on Terror. In: Intelligence, Security and Policing Post-9/11: The UK's Response to the 'War on Terror'. Palgrave Macmillan, UK. ISBN 9780230551916


Newman, Christopher (2010) Public Order Dissent and Low-Level Behaviour: A Cross Camparative Study. UNSPECIFIED.


Newman, Christopher (2011) Optimal Pathways for Low-Level Public Order Law: Cross- Jurisdictional Perspectives and Comparative Standardizations. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

This list was generated on Wed Feb 21 20:40:17 2018 GMT.

Areas of expertise

  • Space law
  • Space policy
  • Space governance
  • Ethics and space travel
  • Constitutional and administrative law
  • Law and politics (science and technology)

Further information

I actively use twitter. Follow me @chrisnewman1972 for updates on all aspects of my research.

Last updated 24 January 2018