What is Metalaw?

According to Dr. Ernst Fasan, Metalaw is “the entire sum of legal rules regulating relationships between different races in the universe.” Metalaw is the “first and basic ‘law’ between races” providing the ground rules for a relationship if and when we establish communication with or encounter another intelligent race in the universe. Dr. Fasan envisioned these rules as governing both human conduct and that of extraterrestrial races so as to avoid mutually harmful activities.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Biography of Andrew G. Haley Now Posted

by Adam Chase Korbitz


Andrew Gallagher Haley was an American lawyer and early rocket propulsion entrepreneur, sometimes described as the world’s first practicing “space lawyer.” He originated the concept of Metalaw, a legal concept closely related to the scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).  First conceived by Haley in 1956 (four years before astronomer Frank Drake conducted the first true SETI experiment, Project Ozma) Metalaw was the term Haley coined to refer to fundamental legal precepts of theoretically universal application to all intelligences, human and extraterrestrial.

Born on November 19, 1904, in Tacoma, Washington, Haley earned his LLB from Georgetown University Law School in 1928 and later his BA from George Washington University in 1934.  In addition to being a lawyer, Haley became an expert in rocket propulsion.

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