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U.S. Commercial Space Law: A Practitioner’s “Tool Box”

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8:30 – 9:00   Keynote Speaker: Robert S. Kovac, Managing Director of Defense Trade Controls,  U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (confirmed)

9:00 – 10:00 Procurement Contracts

Moderator, J. Charles Dickey, General Counsel, Human Space Flight, Commercial Launch Services, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (confirmed)

This panel will address the underlying checks and balances inherent in federal procurement law, including key differences with other forms of agreement, in light of evolving United States space policy.  In that context, the panel will focus on key contract terms affecting third party liability and indemnity, intellectual property, cost and technical oversight, and selection of contract type.

Speakers:  Harry J.  Batey, Assistant Chief Counsel, Procurement Law, NASA, Kennedy Space Center (confirmed)

James DeNapoli, Assistant General Counsel, United Launch  Alliance (confirmed)

David A. Bolton, Vice President and Assistant General  Counsel ATK Aerospace Group (confirmed)

10:00  – 11:00 Space Act Agreements

Moderator, Mike Gold, Director of D.C. Operations & Business Growth,  Bigelow Aerospace (confirmed)

 This panel will explore the use of Space Act Agreements with a focus on how these unique legal vehicles have been a critical part of NASA’s innovative commercial crew program.  Panelists will discuss the history, strengths and weaknesses of Space Act Agreements, and address recent controversies over when and how Space Act Agreements should be utilized.

Speakers: Tim Hughes, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Space Exploration Technologies (confirmed)

Robert Millman, General Counsel, Blue OriginBlue Origin  (confirmed)

Courtney Graham, Associate General Counsel for the Commercial and Intellectual Property Law Practice Group,  NASA (confirmed)

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 Private Contracts

Moderator,  William L. Warren, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, GeoEye, Inc. (confirmed)

This panel addresses the growing use of space based technologies for private industry and other non-governmental uses.  Discussion will focus on specific issues that should be considered in contracting for private clients such as how to make, enter into and facilitate contracts for space related activities from the perspective of both service providers and customers. 

Speakers:  Elizabeth H. Evans, Partner, Jones Day (confirmed)

Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director, NanoRacks, LLC   (confirmed)

12:30 – 2:00            Lunch 

2:00   – 3:00 Licensing

Moderator, Laura Montgomery, Senior Attorney for Commercial Space   Transportation, Office of the Chief Counsel, FAA (confirmed)

This panel addresses licensing issues related to commercial space  activities.  The panelists will address launch and reentry, telecommunications, remote sensing and technology transfer.

Speakers:  Glenn Tallia, Section Chief, Weather, Satellite and Research Section National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  Office of General Counsel (confirmed)

Karl Kensinger, Associate Chief, Satellite Division, FCC  International Bureau (confirmed)

Franceska Schroeder, Franceska Schroeder, Principal, Fish  & Richardson P.C. (confirmed)

3:00  – 3:15 Break

3:15  – 4:15 Space Insurance Contracts

Moderator, Pamela Meredith, Chair, Space Law Practice Group Zuckert  Scoutt & Rasenberger, L.L.P. (confirmed)

This panel addresses various types of space insurance contracts, the  space insurance market, the satellite insurance broker’s role, insurance cycles and premium, broker manuscript policies and key terms, and claims handling and settlement. Speakers include a space insurance underwriter; a space insurance broker; and a satellite operator (policy holder) lawyer handling insurance policies and/or risk manager. 

Speakers: Mark Quinn, Senior VP & Americas Practice Leader, Willis Inspace (confirmed)

Jeff Cassidy, President and COO, Global Aerospace (confirmed)

Sean Fleming, Senior Counsel, Hughes Network Systems, LLC (confirmed)

John Cozzi, Executive Vice President, Aon ISB, (confirmed)

4:15  – 5:15 Space Law Practice Groups

Moderator, Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, Prof. and Director, National  Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law University   of Mississippi School of Law

This panel addresses the increasing number of law firms that have  established space law practice groups throughout the U.S. The purpose of the panel will be to discuss what a space law practice group is, how it is managed, and why the panelists’ firms thought it was important enough to establish one.

Speakers: Fish and Richardson, Franceska O. Schroeder, Principal,   (confirmed)

Holland and Hart, Janna J. Lewis, Technology Transactions  Attorney  (confirmed)

Jones Day, Giovanna Cinelli, Partner and Delbert D. Smith, Senior  Telecommunications Counsel (confirmed)

Sherman & Howard L.L.C., Milton (“Skip”) Smith Co-Chair, Space Law Practice Group (confirmed)

Zuckert Scoutt & Rasenberger, L.L.P., Pamela L. Meredith, Chair,  Space Law Practice Group (confirmed)

5:15  PM Adjourn

Reception: Jones Day Roof Top

Program Chair

Prof. Joanne Gabrynowicz

National Center for Remote
Sensing, Air, and Space LawForum Chair

Steven H. Taylor

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Galloway 6 Agenda and Registration Information

The National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law

The Journal of Space Law

and the

International Institute of Space Law


The 6th Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law


A Comparative Look at National Space Laws and Their International Implications

December 1, 2011

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Cosmos Club, Washington D.C.

Registration is Open


08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Sign-In

 09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and Introduction

 Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, Director, National Center for Remote  Sensing, Air, and Space Law, Univ. of Mississippi; Director, IISL

Tanja Masson-Zwaan, President, IISL, International Institute of Air &   Space Law, Leiden University


09:15 – 10:15 Belgium, China           

Jean-François Mayence, LLM, Legal Unit “International Relations”, Belgian Federal Office for Science Policy, Lecturer University of Leuven (confirmed)

Guoyu Wang, Ph.D., Deputy Dean of Institute of Space Law of Beijing Institute of  Technology, Associate Professor of Beijing Institute of Technology School of Law  (confirmed)

10:15  – 11:15 France, Germany

 Philippe Clerc, Head of Legal Department of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France (confirmed)

Jürgen Drescher, Head, Washington Office, DLR, Germany (confirmed)

11:15 – 11:30            Break

 11:30 – 12:30 Japan, Korea

Setsuko Aoki, Keio University, Japan  (confirmed)

Jae Gon Lee, Dean, Professor of International Law, School of Law at Chungnam  National University, Korea (confirmed)

12:30 – 1:45            Lunch and Presentation TBD

 1:45 – 3:15 Netherlands, UK, USA

 Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Leiden University (confirmed)

Richard Crowther, UK Space Agency  (confirmed)

Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, NCRSASL, (confirmed)

Robert Mark Sukol, Senior Counsel, Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives (confirmed)

3:15 – 3:30 Break

 3:30 – 4:30 Compare and Contrast; International Implications

 Moderator: Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz

 Jonathan Galloway, Lake Forest College (em.) (confirmed)

Stephen E. Smith, Stephen E. Smith, Co-Chair, Space Law Practice  Group Sherman & Howard, LLC(Confirmed)

Others TBD




Galloway 6 Registration Now Open

The National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law
The Journal of Space Law
and the
International Institute of Space Law
The 6th Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law

A Comparative Look at National Space Laws and Their International Implications
Cosmos Club, Washington D.C.
December 1, 20118:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Event Page, Registration, and Agenda:

No Registration Fee
RSVP Required

Welcome to the New Res Communis!

 Our URL has changed to Please update your book marks!

We have added new features and new content to make Res Communis an even more valuable resource for the aerospace law community.

New content features are:

  • Geospatial law has been added to capture the ever-growing body of law related to location based data and information. Remote sensing law continues to be an important and robust category in Res Communis. It is now placed under the broader “geospatial” category to allow the capture of a broader range of related information.
  • Cyber has been added as a completely new category. Here, we have taken a cue from the defense establishments in a number of developed and developing nations that are working on what they think “cyber” means. It is an evolving concept that requires further development but, for now, it has been identified as a fifth domain following the domains of  land, sea, air, and space. As we find reliable information that is related to the domains of air, space, and cyber, we will post it on Res Communis.

New organizational features are:

  • Res Communis and the NCRSASL website is more integrated making it easier to navigate between them.
  • Targeted pages that allow the user to immediately access subjects of interest without having to scroll though unrelated material.
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New NCRSASL Publication: A Chronological Survey of the Development of Art. IX of the Outer Space Treaty

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty  

Article IX is the longest article in the Outer Space Treaty. It encompasses several principles of international law and space law. This publication, A Chronological Survey of the Development of Art. IX of the Outer Space Treaty,  is based on an Article IX analysis provided by Professor Sergio Marchisio of the University La Sapienza of Rome in the Cologne Commentary on Space Law.   A chart was created by distinguishing the four main legal elements in Article IX that were identified by him: international cooperation, due regard, harmful contamination, and international consultations.

The information provided in the survey lists in chronological order the summarized statements and declarations that each Nation – State or nongovernmental organization made to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Legal Subcommittee   during the drafting years. The legal questions raised in these records of negotiation concerning Article IX began with “principle 6” of the Soviet Proposal for a Declaration of the Basic Principles Governing the Activities of States pertaining to the Exploration and Use of Outer Space  in early 1962.  This proposed principle evolved into “Principle 6” of the Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space unanimously adopted by the General Assembly in 1963.  Further negotiations in the Legal Subcommittee led to early elements of the principle being contained in “Article VIII” of the revised Soviet Draft Treaty Governing the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, The Moon and Other Celestial Bodies,  and “Article 10” of the U.S. Draft Treaty Governing the Exploration of the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, submitted in 1966.  Eventually these draft articles were consolidated by the Legal Working Group L.9 and adopted,  thus establishing Article IX of the Outer Space Treaty.

Now Available Without Charge – Space Law: Selected Documents 2010, vols. 1 & 2 A Supplement to Journal of Space Law

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty   

The National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law is pleased to make available, without charge, Space Law; Selected Documents 2010, Vols. 1 and 2 Volume 1 includes national space law documents and Volume 2 includes international space law documents. They are a compilation of space law documents from the year 2010 that were gathered primarily from postings placed on Res Communis from 1 January through 31 December 2010. The postings are supplemented with materials from other sources that were also published in 2010 . The compilation is a special supplement to the Journal of Space Law, the world’s oldest law review dedicated to space law. The Journal of Space Law, beginning with the first volume, is available on line throughHeinOnLine.

Event page for Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation event goes live

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

The event page for the Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation is now live and available.  The site includes the agenda, speaker bios, presentations, and downloadable podcasts of the discussions.

Journal of Space Law Desk Reference for USC Title 51: National and Commercial Space Programs Available Without Cost

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Source: National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law

Volume 37 No. 1 of the JOURNAL OF SPACE LAW is dedicated to the historic enactment of Title 51 of the United States Code: National and Commercial Space Programs. Title 51 is the positive law codification of all U.S. national space law promulgated since 1958. It is the intention of the JOURNAL OF SPACE LAW to serve the space law community by making this dedicated issue a complete reference work for Title 51. For this reason, the JOURNAL OF SPACE LAW is, for the first time, making an entire volume available at the time of its publication at no cost.  To learn more about the volume’s contents, please read the Foreword. The entire volume may be downloaded at the Journal website.