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A Message on the 2020 Conference from the Nebraska Law Team:

We are excited to announce Nebraska Space Law Week, September 28 – October 2nd! Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are changing our 13th Annual Nebraska Space Law Conference. Conference sessions will be held online, spread out daily through the week, featuring the expertise our attendees have come to expect over the past 13 years. In addition to these daily sessions, student-centric options will be hosted, covering resume building and how-to tips for networking. At home in Lincoln, our students and stakeholders will enjoy some in-person opportunities for relationship building and fun.

We look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence this year and returning to Washington DC in fall 2021!

Notes from the 2019 12th Annual Nebraska Space Law Conference
"Global Perspectives on Space Law and Policy"

We want to thank everyone who joined us at the 12th Annual Nebraska Space Law Conference "Global Perspectives on Space Law and Policy" conference on October 18th. Our world and the technology we create is moving at a rapid pace. It is my hope that conversations like those we’ve enjoyed during this conference prepare us to practice in those environments. Thank you for being a part of it.

Professor Matt Schaefer and Executive Director Magilton were pleased to hand off the resources of the NASA Space Law Network grant to Dennis Burnett and Ryan Noble and share the news of the creation of a United States Center on Space Law at the conference. While Nebraska is an excited collaborator and supporter, the project is not being directly run by the Nebraska Law program and questions are more properly directed at those developing the center. 
Please keep your eyes out for more information.

2019 Agenda: 

10:45AM  - Welcome and Introductions, Matthew Schaefer

11:00AM - 12:10PM Panel  - Commercial Space Legislation – US and Global Developments
Caryn Schenewerk, Sr. Counsel & Sr. Director, Spaceflight Policy, Space X
Audrey Powers, Dep. General Counsel, Blue Origin
Mike Gold, Chair, COMSTAC   
Irmgard Marboe, Professor, Univ. of Vienna Law Faculty
Frans von der Dunk, Perlman & Othmer Professor of Space Law, Univ. of Nebraska Law College
Lesley Jane Smith, Professor of Law, FRSE, Leuphana University Lueneburg, Board Member IISL.

Session Moderators:
Marcia Smith, Founder & Editor, Spacepolicyonline.com, and
Matthew Schaefer, Haggart & Work Professor of International Trade Law & Founding Director of the Space, Cyber & Telecom Law Program, University of Nebraska Law College 

12:10PM  - Attendees are invited to pick up and enjoy a boxed lunch. Free box lunches have been ordered for our expected attendance, based on registration. These lunches will be available on a first-come first-served basis. We cannot guarantee specific availability or preferences for types of sandwiches. A beverage bar will also be available all day, free of charge. A half hour will be given for lunch with several quick options nearby, should the box lunch not suit an individual’s needs.

12:40PM - 1:30PM Space Agency Legal Counsel Fireside Chat
Sumara Thompson-King, NASA General Counsel
Masahiko Sato, Director of Evaluation and Audit Department of JAXA
Phillipe Clerc, Head of Ethics and Compliance, and former Head of Legal Dept, CNES 

Session Moderators: 
Sergio Marchisio, Chairmen, European Centre for Space Law, and
Dennis Burnett, former Vice-President, EADS North America and Kymeta

1:30- 1:45PM Break

1:45 - 3:00PM Discussion - Spectrum Challenges for Space Activities:  What’s on the Line for Satellites at ITU WRC19 and Before the FCC?
Gerry Oberst, Senior Vice-President, Global Advocacy, SES
Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs, OneWeb
Jennifer Manner, Senior Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs, Echostar
Karl Kensinger, Deputy Division Chief, International Bureau (FCC)(invited) 

Session Moderators:
Franceska Schroeder, Managing Member, Schroeder Law, and
Fred Campbell, Director of Tech Knowledge & former Advisor to Chairman, FCC

3:00- 3:15PM NASA and Nebraska Law Space Law Network Updates and Announcements from Elsbeth Magilton, Matthew Scheafer, and Dennis Burnett

3:15- 3:30PM Break

3:30 - 5:00PM Panel - Woomera Manual: Military Activities in Outer Space
Stacey Henderson, Rapporteur & Project Manager, Woomera Manual, U. of Adelaide Law School
Brian Weeden, Dir. Program Planning, Secure World Foundation
Mike Hoversten, Attorney, Air Force Space Command
Frans von der Dunk, Perlman & Othmer Professor of Space Law, University of Nebraska Law College 

Session Moderator: Jack Beard, Professor, University of Nebraska Law College

5:00PM A Celebration of Women in Space Law Reception. Please join us in the First Amendment Lounge at the National Press Club for a post-conference networking mixer celebrating women in space law. 


Co-Sponsored by the American Society of International Law and the Space Law Interest Group and the American Branch of the International Law Association.


Conference Photo

All photos by Craig Chandler, University of Nebraska Communications
More photos will be made available or shared with speakers and stakeholders.  

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Continuing Legal Education Credits for Attorneys

This conference was approved for 5 hours of CLE Credit by the Nebraska State Bar Association.

Certificates of attendance were provided for those who wish to submit the conference for credit in their jurisdiction.