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.

Further Reading Relevant to SETI and Metalaw

J. Billingham, Cultural Aspects of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Acta Astronautica 42 (10-12) (1998) 711-719

P. Davies, The Eerie Silence, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2010

S. Dick (Ed.), Many Worlds: The New Universe, Extraterrestrial Life & the Theological Implications, Templeton Foundation Press, Philadelphia and London, 2000

G. Genta, Lonely Minds in the Universe, Copernicus Books, New York, 2007

A.A. Harrison, After Contact: The Human Response to Extraterrestrial Contact, Plenum Trade, New York, 1997

F. Lyall, P.B. Larsen, Space Law: A Treatise, Ashgate Publishing Company, Burlington VT, 2009

M.A.G. Michaud, Contact with Alien Civilizations: Our Hopes and Fears about Encountering Extraterrestrials, Copernicus Books, New York, 2007

G.H. Reynolds, International space law: Into the Twenty-First Century, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 25 (1992) 225-255

G.S. Robinson, Transcending to a Space Civilization:  The Next Three Steps toward a Defining Constitution, Journal of Space Law 32 (2006) 147-175

S.Shostak, What ET Will Look Like and Why Should We Care, Acta Astronautica 67 (2010) 1025-1029