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.

Introductory Online Articles Regarding Metalaw

R.A. Freitas, Metalaw and Interstellar Relations, Mercury 6 (1977) 15-17 (March-April)

R.A. Freitas, The Legal Rights of Extraterrestrials, Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact (1977) 54-67 (April)

Andrew G. Haley, Metalaw Chapter from Space Law and GovernmentAppleton Century Crofts, New York, 1963  [online link to entire book text!]