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Professor von der Dunk Lectures at the Xi'an Jiaotong University Law School in China

30 Sep 2013    

September 29th and 30th, Professor von der Dunk visited the Xi'an Jiaotong University Law School after attending the 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Beijing, China. He provided an Introduction to Space Law and lectured on National Space Legislation and International and U.S. Law on Export Controls of Dual-Sensitive Goods.

Photo by Peng Wang. 

Program's First Alum, Jeffrey Nosanov, Quoted in Forbes and The Guardian

30 Sep 2013    

2009 alum Jeffrey Nosanov appeared in The Guardian and Forbes magazine in September. Nosanov spoke with a Forbes writer on the possibility of interstellar space travel. He spoke with The Guardian on a similar topic regarding NASA's Starship Project. 

Jeff Nosanov is a NIAC Fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, near Los Angeles, and was the first ever graduate of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications LL.M. program. 

Professor Schaefer to Speak on Commercial Space Law Issues to NYU International Law Society

30 Sep 2013    

Posted September 24, 3013 - NYU Law School will be hosting Professor Matthew Schaefer for a talk on commercial space issues, including liability issues connected with third parties and space flight participants, and possible new commercial markets of space debris removal and mining on September 26th.  The talk will be the third at a law school this month for Professor Schaefer, who spoke previously at USC and the University of Florida.  UNL Law College has LL.M. numerous alums working in California (including SpaceX, NASA JPL, Vandenberg AFB)  and New York (including McKinsey and private law practice).

Schaefer Presents at the American Branch of the International Law Association’s International Law Weekend with Alum Giugi Carminati

30 Sep 2013    

Professor Matthew Schaefer organized a panel on “Regulating and Incentivizing Commercial Space Activities” for the ABILA International Law Weekend Midwest taking place at Washington University in St. Louis Law School September 20, 2013.  Also presenting on the panel will be online LL.M. alum (’13) Giugi Carminatti (speaking on state liability immunity legislation for commercial space operators) and friend of the program Professor Mark Sundahl of Cleveland Marshall College of Law (speaking on ITAR and the Space Assets Protocol).  Professor Schaefer’s presentation will focus on commercial space liability issues and space debris removal.   For more information on the ABILA International Law Weekend Midwest, go tohttp://law.wustl.edu/harris/ilw2013/ 

Professor Schaefer Speaks to University of Florida International Law Society on Commercial Space Law

30 Sep 2013    

Professor Matthew Schaefer gave the inaugural academic year guest lecture to the University of Florida Levin College of Law International Law Society on September 18.  Approximately 30 students attended the lecture that gave an introduction to the major space law treaties and US federal and state laws and regulations governing commercial space activities.  The lecture looked at the implications of the treaties and laws for human space flight, third party liability issues, and mining.  Florida is one of six states that has enacted liability immunity legislation for commercial space operators.

Florida Law Online dicussed the event on their News Briefs page. 

Director and Alum Present Together at USC on Commercial Space

11 Sep 2013    

Professor Matthew Schaefer, 2009 LL.M. Alum Julie Jiru, of SpaceX, and Rita Lauria, an adjunct professor at USC, will gave a joint talk on commercial space law issue to the University of Southern California Law School Space Law Society on Wednesday September 11. Julie discussed Space Act Agreements and contracts between NASA and commercial space entities. Professor Schaefer discussed third party and space flight participant liability issues connected with commercial space activities. You can learn more about the discussion in the Daily Trojan article covering the event. 

Alumni Moderates New America Foundation panel on CSPAN-2

05 Sep 2013    


On September 5th, Alumni Sarah Morris (2010) moderated a panel on the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order, livestreamed by The New America Foundation and broadcast on CSPAN-2. The event brought "together experts to discuss their vision for a modern regulatory framework that is rooted in longstanding principles and also reflects the realities of an emerging broadband, IP-based communications infrastructure." The New America Foundation live recording is availble on their website. The New America Foundation invited the public to join this important conversation on telecommunications on twitter using the hashtag #OpenInternet. 

Professor and Program Director Schaefer Discusses Legality of Asteroid Lassoing with Space.com

30 Aug 2013    

Professor Schaefer's shared his views on the laws surrounding NASA's asteroid lasso plan with Space.com's Leonard David on August 30th. The article discussed whether NASA can legally go forward with the asteroid lassoing plan they announced this year. 

Media Coverage of New J.S.D. Program

30 Aug 2013    

Following University Communications release of the College of Law's plan to launch a J.S.D. program in Space Law, the program received coverage from the Omaha World Herald, local broadcast station 1011 News, and Omaha broadcasters WOWT. News quickly left Nebraska and the program has been featured by such notable news out lets as The San Francisco CronicleThe Miami Herald, and NewsObserver.com. Internationally, the new JSD program was featured in the Brazilan Jornal da Ciência (Journal of Science) in August.  The program is supervised by Professor Frans von der Dunk.

LLM Alumni published in the Denver Law Review Online

16 Aug 2013    

On August 16th Nebraska Law Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications LLM Alumni April Greene Apking was published in the Denver Law Review Online Supplement. Her article, A Step In The Right Direction: Colorado's First Space Legislation, studies Colorado's legislation and it's limitation on private industry liability. Congrats April! 

College of Law Launches Doctoral Program in Space Law (J.S.D.)

16 Aug 2013    

UNL will be the only U.S. law school to offer both an LL.M. and J.S.D. in space law. The J.S.D. program will break new ground as the only doctoral-level space law program in the United States, said Matthew Schaefer, professor of law and director of the college's Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program.

Research-focused and dissertation-based, the J.S.D. program in essence will require students to write a book about an aspect of space law, such as regulation of satellite communications or liability issues relating to commerce in space. Students will play a pioneering role in developing the field of space law.

University Press Release

Hurwitz participated in the TOTM Blog Symposium: Regulating the Regulators.

16 Aug 2013    

Professor Gus Hurwitz participated in the Truth on the Market Blog Symposium: Regulating the Regulators. The symposium discussed unfair methods of competition (UMC) authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act. One of Professor Hurwitz's posts on the application of Chevron deference to Section 5 of the FTC act can be viewed here.

Magilton Spoke on Space Law at The Omaha Science Fiction and Education Society Convention

16 Aug 2013    

Program Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton sat on panels with Creighton physicist Gintaras Duda, Booz Allen Hamilton consultant and retired Air Force Officer Wade Watts, and Omaha attorney and shareholder at Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht, P.C., L.L.O., Matt McKeever to discuss Space Law and military presence in space on July 27. Topics included state liability for private activity, rescue and return agreements under the Outer Space Treaty, and the use of nuclear power sources.

Frans von der Dunk quoted in Financial Times Article on Entrepreneurs in Space Tourism

29 Jul 2013    

Professor Frans von der Dunk spoke with Financial Times writer Alicia Clegg for her July 29th article 'When Gravity is No Obstacle.' Frans discussed whether passengers embarking on space tourism expeditions can give informed consent to the risks involved, saying “If a [spacecraft] is flying after only a few test flights, it’s questionable whether passengers can give informed consent, as there is virtually no data to assess risks on.”

Executive Director Magilton named one of Lincoln's '20 Under 40'

29 Jul 2013    

On June 9 Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director and Nebraska College of Law alumnae, was named one of Lincoln's 20 Under 40 by a panel of judges assembled by The Lincoln Journal Star. The group called for nominations to select young people in Lincoln who show dedication to their profession, are role models to their peers, and are active volunteers in the community. Magilton is the youngest professional to receive the honor in 2013. Two other University of Nebraska emloyees in other colleges also received the honor, out of 52 total nominations. 

Congratulations to all of the 2013 '20 Under 40' honorees!

Poser & von der Dunk Present in Luxembourg

29 Jul 2013    

Professor Frans von der Dunk and Dean Susan Poser recently attended the Luxembourg Workshop where the topic of the workshop was "Satellite Communication and Dispute Resolution". Professor von der Dunk presented a paper on the Permanent Court of Arbitration's new satellite dispute resolution rules, and Dean Poser presented a paper on the intersection of tort law and federal and state law regulating U.S. satellite operators. The conference was co-hosted by the University of Luxembourg and the Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law.

Lincoln Journal Star Covers Annual Conference

30 May 2013    

On May 2 Lincoln Journal Star reporter, Corey Matteson, covered the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications LL.M. program, discussed progess in the manned spaceflight industry, and highted the 7th Annual Space and Cyber Law Lincoln Conference. 

Matteson noted that Professor von der Dunk was one of three panelists who discussed the impact of the commercial space industry and went on to emphasize the growth of the program.

Beard named Co-Chairman of the 2013 International Law Weekend (ILW)

30 May 2013    

The International Law Weekend of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), which will be held in New York City on October 24-26, 2013, is the premier international law event of the fall season. 

The event attracts an audience of more than one thousand practitioners, academics, diplomats, members of the governmental and nongovernmental sectors, as well as foreign policy and law students who are learning about the range of practice and career opportunities.

Nebraska Law Manfred Lachs Moot Court Team Places in Quarter Finals

30 May 2013    

The 2013 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition was held March 22-23rd in Washington DC at the Georgetown Law College. Nebraska Law 2L Corey Rotschafer and LL.M. student Adam Rouse placed in the Quarter Finals in the competition. The 2012 team placed in the Semi-Finals and in 2011 the Nebraska Law team won the award for best breif. The team was coached by Professor Frans von der Dunk.

ABA Journal article features LL.M. Alumna, Current Student and Professor

30 May 2013    

The American Bar Association Journal article, Space Law is Taking Off, features insights from current online student Maria-Vittoria "Giugi" Carminati, 2012 alumna Jenifer Lamie, and space law expert, Professor Frans von der Dunk. Lamie says, “We are at the very beginning of a completely new, very sexy and incredibly challenging industry that will push the limits of human ingenuity... If we can tailor the laws regulating the industry to foster growth—without being too overly sensitive to the inherent risks involved—I don’t see any limits to what we can accomplish in the future.”