Well, there’s a job I didn’t know existed! It’s not a lawyer who deals with moors, parks, the gap under the floorboards etc, but a lawyer who deals with SPACE. Yes, where astronauts boldly go…
There was one on the radio yesterday afternoon talking about her job. I think she said she worked for the ESA (European Space Agency). Apparently space lawyers are necessary because there is so much ‘stuff’ orbiting the earth now (much of it debris) that they are needed to deal with the insurance claims from any collisions, or damage to satellites etc, that might occur. If there’s a crash, it’s not as simple as exchanging your details with the other driver when you have a bump in your car – a legal team is required to sort it all out because it often means two different countries are involved. Another need for them is if astronauts crash-land in foreign territory – in steps the space lawyer to protect their rights. They are also employed to uphold the laws governing the use of space and make sure we use it in a rational and responsible way. Who knew?
I imagine they must have a special costume to wear – something between a Star Trek uniform and Superman.
More information can be found on the website of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. (Yes, seriously, it does exist!)