The annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law is being held in the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. This years theme is Disruptive (Game Changing) Space Technologies, Laws and Policies . The symposium is being hosted by the International Institute of Space Law with sponsorship by Arianespace Inc., Fish & Richardson P.C., and Kymeta Corporation, and the cooperation of the University of Mississippi School of Law, LL.M. in Air & Space Law.
As a note, the symposium is being conducted under Chatham House Rules, so the live blog today will give general over views of the panels but will not attribute any statement to any speaker.
Welcoming statements were given by Dennis Burnett, Treasurer and Director, International Institute of Space Law, and a message from Jonathan Galloway, Honorary Director, International Institute of Space Law was presented by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz.
The keynote address was given by Richard DalBello, Assistant Director, Space and Aeronautics, Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of the President. He focused generally on the nature of innovative startups, and their ability to disrupt the status quo in the development of space technology. He emphasized that law plays an important role in fostering this change, and that lawyers are critical in developing and using creative mechanisms in order to foster change and development in the Space industry.