Centre for Ethics and Law


New Book on Satellite Monitoring

5 December 2012

Ray Purdy (Centre for Law and the Environment) and Denise Leung (formerly Centre for Law and the Environment, UCL Laws – now World Resources Institute) are editors of a new book released in December 2012. The 498 page volume entitled Evidence from Earth Observation Satellites: Emerging Legal Issues is published by Martinus Nijhoff / Brill (Leiden).

Evidence Book

Satellite technologies are rapidly improving, offering increased opportunities for monitoring laws, and using images as evidence in court. Evidence from Earth Observation Satellites analyses whether data from satellite technologies can be a legally reliable, effective evidential tool in contemporary legal systems. This unique interdisciplinary volume brings together leading experts to consider many emerging issues surrounding the use of these technologies in legal strategies. Issues examined include the evidential opportunities arising from technological developments, existing regulatory applications and operational experiences at national and international level, and admissibility in courts and tools for ensuring the integrity of evidence. It also examines privacy impacts under existing legislation and provides a new conceptual framework for debating the acceptability of such surveillance methods.

Contributors include

  • Dr. Carole M. Billiet (Judge, Environmental Enforcement Court of Flanders, Belgium)
  • Professor George Cho (University of Canberra)
  • Willibald Croi (LuxSpace)
  • Kris Dighe (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Dr. Catherine Doldirina (McGill University)
  • Fréderic-Michael Foeteler (Estonteco)
  • Dr. Gérardine Goh (International Court of Justice)
  • Bruce Goulevitch (Queensland Government)
  • Professor Ray Harris (University College London)
  • Dr. Shaida Johnston (U.S. National Climatic Data Centre)
  • Denise Leung (World Resources Institute)
  • Harold Linke (HITEC Luxembourg).
  • Eya Macauley (International Criminal Court )
  • Tanja Masson-Zwaan (Leiden University, International Institute of Space Law)
  • Todd Mikolop (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Sa’id Mosteshar (London Institute of Space Policy and Law)
  • (the late) Raymond W. Mushal (U.S.Department of Justice)
  • Lieutenant Commander David O’Connell (United States Coast Guard)
  • Ray Purdy (University College London)
  • Alan Shipman (Group 5 Training Limited)
  • Dennis Tsai (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
  • Professor Frans G. von der Dunk (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S.)
  • Professor Dr. Maureen Williams (Space Law Committee, International Law Association)
  • Merideth Wright (Judge, Vermont Superior Court, U.S.)

It can be ordered via:  http://www.brill.com/evidence-earth-observation-satellites