In recent years the legal aspects of commercial space resource utilisation have been increasingly addressed by space lawyers. The debate is pushed by industry initiatives, an unclear international legal framework and the adoption of several national laws. Although the day may still be far off that space natural resources can be used for commercial gain, it is important to prepare a clear, transparent and predictable legal framework. This framework should provide a balance among the interests of all stakeholders, in a fair and equitable manner. I applaud the IISL Knowledge Constellation for providing a forum for this important topic. The Institute fulfills a major role by contributing the legal insights of its membership to this debate.