Law Alumni Professor of Law and Director of Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program
207 LAW UNL 68583-0902
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Areas of Expertise
- International Law
- International Trade Law
- International Business Transactions
- American Foreign Affairs Law and Policy
- Introduction to American Legal System
- Space Law
- Cyber Law
- S.J.D., University of Michigan Law School
- L.L.M., International Law, University of Michigan Law School
- J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of Michigan Law School
- B.A., with Honors, Economics and General Honors, University of Chicago
- Assistant Professor of Law, 1995
- Associate Professor of Law, 2001
- Professor of Law, 2004
- Director Space and Telecommunications Law Program, 2006
Professor Schaefer has over 15 years of law teaching experience and has taught courses in international law, international trade law, international business transactions, foreign relations law and policy, space law, and cyber law.
During the 1999 calendar year, Professor Schaefer served as a director in the International Economic Affairs Office of the National Security Council (NSC). He was the principal staff member responsible for the formulation, coordination and implementation of U.S. foreign policy as it relates to international economic issues. In his role as a director, he prepared senior NSC officials for meetings with the President and foreign dignitaries and assisted in the development of international trade policy recommendations.
Professor Schaefer is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A.) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, L.L.M. in international law, S.J.D.). During his law studies, he received the William W. Bishop, Jr. Award for performance with distinction in the field of international law and also served an externship at the U.S. State Department-Office of the Legal Advisor. He studied at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia under a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Professor Schaefer is a former term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations and also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Academic Outreach Advisory Board. He serves on the board of editors of the Journal of International Economic Law, and also serves on the advisory board of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute.
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Schaefer served as an international trade consultant to the National Governors' Association and Western Governors' Association in Washington, D.C. during the legislative implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and GATT Uruguay Round multilateral trade agreement. He has also served as a consultant to two members of the European parliament in Brussels, Belgium and the states of Hawaii, Texas, and Utah. Professor Schaefer’s scholarship focuses on the inter-relationship between federalism and international and foreign relations law as well as international trade agreements. His most recent article is “Constraints on State-Level Foreign Policy: (Re)Justifying, Refining, and Distinguishing the Dormant Foreign Affairs Doctrine, 41 Seton Hall L. Rev. 201-318 (2011).
In February 2006, Professor Schaefer was named inaugural Director of the USA's first degree-bearing Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law Program. He was integrally involved in gaining University and external approval for the LLM degree (in 2006-07), developing the curriculum, hiring faculty for the program, creating the Advisory Board for the program, and gaining University and external approval for the online version of the LLM degree (in 2011). He is the principal organizer of the program’s annual conferences in Washington, D.C (4 thus far) and Lincoln, NE (6 thus far) and the Omaha Space and Cyber Law Seminar in conjunction with US Strategic Command’s Space and Cyber Symposium (5 thus far)., He was also the principle investigator (PI) responsible for administering a $1.71 million NASA grant from 2008-2011 that helped launch the program. Professor Schaefer is a frequent speaker on current topics in space and cyber law across the country and internationally, including at the University of Michigan Law School, Fordham Law School, University of California-Irvine, the European Center for Space Law Paris), and the International Institute of Space Law (Scotland).
Law 640/G (POLS 869) (1-4 cr) Nature and sources of international law, its effect on the diplomatic, military, economic, and cultural activities of states, international organizations, private associations, and individuals.
International Trade Law
Law 671/G (1-4 cr) Students who have taken LAW 668G may not enroll in this course. This class may be taught in alternate years with International Trade and Transactions. Central theme of this field of law is the tension between generally accepted economic theories which support free trade as a means of increasing economic efficiency and raising standards of living for all trading partners, and the non-economic objectives that must be balanced against those principles. Includes: international monetary, development and trade policy; customs law, legal restraints on fair and unfair international trade practices; international transfers of intellectual property rights; and the regulation of foreign investment.
International Business Transactions
Law 673/G (1-4 cr) Students who have taken LAW 668G may not enroll in this course. Regulation of international trade by private parties through contractual arrangements. Contract formation and interpretation; dispute resolution; letters of credit and other transfers of payment; insurance; transportation; and countertrade arrangements. Contract negotiating and drafting exercise.
American Foreign Affairs Law and Policy Seminar
Law 750/G (3 cr) Prereq: Previous enrollment in an international law course recommended. Structural and organizational issues related to United States foreign policymaking such as separation of powers and federalism. United States foreign policy in substantive areas such as the war on terror, non-proliferation, trade, foreign aid, global warming, relations with the European Union, and relations with Latin America.
Introduction to Law, Legal Process, and Legislation
Law 511/G (EDAD *872) (3 cr I) How law is made and changed, the role of the individual, the business corporation, the private association, the administrative agency, the voting public, the legislature, and the courts in making and changing law.
Law 748/G (3 cr) Lec 3. Space law and policy for intelligence gathering and weaponization, telecommunications, satellite launch, space tourism, and remote sensing. Application of five major international space treaties to regulation of modern space activities and arms control agreements. New and growing problems of orbital debris, protection of in-space assets and terrorism.
- "Lenses Through Which to View, Assess and Guide the Degree of Formalism in Space Regulation" 51st Colloquia of the International Institute of Space Law (2008).
- "Ensuring that Regional Trade Agreements Complement the WTO System: US Unilateralism a Supplement to WTO Initiatives?," Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 10 (2007).
- "Space Law's Relationship to General International Law, Foreign Relations Law and Basic Legal Principles," presentation to Northwestern University Law School International Law Society, September 25, 2009 (Chicago, IL) and Chicago-Kent College of Law International Programs, September 24, 2009 (Chicago, IL)
- "Space Law: Reflections on Developments Since the 1980 Jessup Moot Court Problem and Future Developments" presentation to panel at the International Law Students Association Annual Meeting, March 27, 2009 (Washington, D.C.)
- "Space Law Within a Broader US Foreign Policy and Economic Policy Setting," presentation to University of Michigan Law School, December 5, 2008 (Ann Arbor, MI).
- "Space Law Update 2008: Military, Civilian, and Commercial Examples," presentation to the International Law Association's International Law Weekend, October 17, 2008 & Fordham Law School Global Law Society, October 16, 2008 (New York City).
- "Lenses Through Which to View, Assess, and Guide the Degree of Formalism in Space Regulation," presentation to the International Astronautical Congress/International Institute of Space Law Annual Meeting, October 3, 2008 (Glasgow, Scotland).
- "Overview of Space and Telecommunications Law: Capstone' Courses" presentations to UMKC Law School (January 2008), Creighton Law School (February 2008), and University of Denver (March 2008).