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Scott Steele



Dr Scott Michael Steele
LLB (Hons), HND (Sunderland), LLM International Law, (Newcastle), PhD Space Law, Governance, Astrobiology and Planetary Protection (Open), PGCAP, Current (York),  FRSA, AFHE.

I joined YLS in 2022 as a problem based learning and advanced legal skills tutor. I also supervise undergraduate dissertation student's and run the client interviewing competition.

My teaching interests range from:

Contract Law, Tort Law (Obligations), Civil Litigation, Public/ International Public Law, Environment/ International Environmental Law, Legal Skills, Space Law & Governance, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Law and Technology Law. 



  • The control and management of space debris from an international and corporate governance model. 
  • Biosecurity and planetary protection policy in outer space missions.
  • Parliamentary sovereignty and the principles of public law.
  • The international legal aspects of treaty law and interpretation. 
  • International and domestic space law and governance.
  • The creation and implementation of international environmental law.


Selected publications

  • Planetary Protection in the New Space Era: Science and Governace (2020-11-13) Cheney,Thomas; Newman, Christopher; Olsson-Francis, Karen; Steele, Scott; Pearson, Victoria and Lee, Simon, Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences,7, Article 589817
  • Space Debris: A basis for actively removing objects under an international leha order. Steele, Scott, SpaceAmerican Journal of Aerospace Engineering. Vol. 8, No. 2, 2022, pp. 45-60. doi: 10.11648/j.ajae.20210802.11 
  • International Space Law: A Hindrance to Space Activities or a Resolute Action for Change, Steele, Scott, American Journal of Aerospace Engineering. Volume 9, Issue 1, June 2022, pp. 1-13. doi: 10.11648/j.ajae.20220901.11 
  • Human Spaceflight regulations, Legal and Geopolitical Application Throughout the International Community and Commercial Actors, Steele, Scott American Journal of Aerospace Engineering. Volume 9, Issue 1,June2022, pp. 14-27.doi:10.11648/j.ajae.20220901.12 

External activities


  • The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • AdvanceHE
  • The Society of Legal Scholars
  • British International Studies Association 


  • The Journal of SApace Safety Engineering
  • International Journal of Law & Society 
  • Cambridge University Press

Contact details

Dr Scott Steele
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5802