Kuan-Wei Chen

Kuan-Wei Chen

Kuan-Wei Chen is a researcher in air and space law at McGill University in Canada. He is the managing editor of the McGill Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (McGill Manual, He was formerly the executive director of the McGill Center for Research in Air and Space Law (2017-2022), editor of the Annals of Air and Space Law (2012-2015), and a sessional lecturer at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. He served as the co-chair of the Ad-Hoc Remote Sensing Space Systems Act Advisory Committee, and has been an invited speaker at conferences organized by the United Nations on several occasions.

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 recover a high-altitude surveillance balloon on Feb. 5, 2023, off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. U.S. fighter aircraft operating under U.S. Northern Command authority engaged and destroyed a high-altitude surveillance balloon over U.S. territorial waters at the order of US President Joe Biden. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Thompson/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

China violated international laws and standards with its surveillance balloon

By: - February 10, 2023

The United States recently shot down a Chinese high-altitude balloon after it apparently travelled from China and flew over Alaska and British Columbia. Its first public sighting was over Montana where it was seen to “hang out for a longer period of time” over military installations where nuclear missiles are located. Panic bells sounded, and […]