Publications in Space Law Workshop

The University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space, Cyber, and Telecom (SCT) Law Program was selected by NASA to establish the Space Law Network (SLN).  As part of this program, SCT leadership, Professor and Co-Director Matt Schaefer and Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton are pleased to announce the Nebraska Publications in Space Law Workshop to be held in Lincoln, NE April 6-7, 2019.

Part of the Space Law Network initiative is the creation of this weekend workshop, intended to help students and new scholars focus on publication and scholarly writing in the field of space law. Some travel stipends will be provided via the NASA program award and self-funded attendees are encouraged to register for the workshop.

The workshop will feature a mixture of sessions detailing the international and domestic foundations of space law, including multiple practice focus areas, while highlighting holes in current policy or scholarship ripe for discussion. The workshop will also include working sessions, dedicated to developing topics and outlines, and sessions on legal research and “how-to” publish in a variety of forums.

Our key objective is that every attendee walks away from the weekend with an idea (or two), the beginning of an outline and questions to be considered, and a plan of action for publishing their work in their desired venue. Ultimately we hope to see a notable increase in new scholarship in space law in the coming year after the workshop.

The workshop is being held over a weekend to minimize the number of classes students and new faculty have to miss.

DRAFT AGENDA - Sessions are subject to change.

A light continental breakfast, coffee, water and lunch will be provided each day for registered attendees. Vending machines, a mother's room, and refrigerators are also available on site.

Day One Saturday April 6:

OMALiNK Shuttles (2) Pick Up at Hyatt, Drops at Law School: 9:00AM

All Sessions will take place in Room 111

9:30 – Coffee and Conversation

10:00 Introduction: Elsbeth Magilton and Matt Schaefer

10:10 – 10:30 AM How to Use This Workshop and Planning Your Weekend - Elsbeth Magilton   

10:30 – 12:00 Treaties and Foreign Space Legislation – Frans von der Dunk (confirmed)

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch Buffett Open, Return to Seats for Lunch

12:30 – 1:45 U.S. Space Legislation and the Intersections of Domestic Space Law and International Law – Matthew Schaefer (confirmed)

1:45 – 3:00 Writing and Workshop Time

3:00 – 4:30 Session: Arms Control Basics and the Law of Armed Conflict in Space – Jack Beard (confirmed)

4:45: OMALiNK Shuttles (2) Pick Up at Law School, Returns to Hyatt

6:00PM – Informal Reception in Railyard

Day Two Sunday April 7:

OMALiNK Shuttles (2) Pick Up at Hyatt: 7:15AM

All sessions will take place in Room 111

7:30 Coffee and Networking

7:50: Welcome Back - Elsbeth Magilton

8:00 – 9:00: Procurement and Government Contracting – Lisette Washington, NASA

9:00 – 10:00: Space Law Practice Areas: ITAR and Export Control – Dennis Burnett

10:00 – 10:15: Break

10:15 – 11:15: Commercial Contracts and Transactional Practice – Dennis Burnett

11:15 – 12:15 Intellectual Property – Mark Dvorscak, NASA (remote session)

12:15 – 12:30: Get Lunch, Return to Seats

12:30 – 2:00 Researching Space Law – Matt Novak 

2:15 – 2:45 Publishing “How-To” Tips, Costs, and Considerations Discussion - Gus Hurwitz 

3:00 Goodbye and Wrap Up

3:10: OMALiNK Shuttles (2) Pick Up at Law School, Drops at Lincoln Airport, Then Returns to Hyatt



All workshop participants are kindly asked to register via this webform. Please note, this is not the application for travel stipend reimbursement award selections.



The room block at the Hyatt Place Lincoln Downtown Haymarket at 600 Q St, Lincoln, NE 68508 is now closed. OMALiNK shuttles will provide transportation to the law college from this hotel only.

Hotel Website 

Airline Information

Attendees flying into Nebraska should arrange to fly into either the Lincoln Airport (LNK) or the Omaha Airport (OMA).

The Omaha Airport is larger and has more frequent flights, but is approximately one hour from downtown Lincoln. 

The Lincoln Airport offers convenient daily connections to Chicago, Denver and the Twin Cities via Delta and United airlines and if just five to ten minutes from the downtown hotel (hotel shuttle available for Lincoln Airport only).

Omaha Eppley Airfield

Lincoln Airport 

Transportation in Lincoln

An OMALiNK shuttle will take attendees back and forth from the Nebraska Law each morning and afternoon. If you elect to not take the OMALiNK shuttle or stay at an alternate hotel, most downtown Lincoln hotels will offer a hotel shuttle to University locations. Also, Uber and Lyft are available and popular in Lincoln. If you plan to drive a personal or rental vehicle to the law college, there are a limited number of visitor or metered spots available at the law school. The College of Law is located on the University of Nebraska's East Campus.

University of Nebraska

Local Weather Information

Nebraska in April is usually pretty comfortable, but can vary with overnight lows in the high 30s to afternoon highs up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring layers and warm shoes to be safe.

Local Weather 


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