World Speaks Space Series

Cooperation between different actors is essential for the successful exploration and use of outer space. From the practicing lawyer’s perspective, this cooperation can mean that it becomes necessary to understand different perspectives on the same sets of legal rules. Conversing about space law for the purpose of enhancing our understanding of space law and of each other’s approaches to space law is therefore an essential aspect of international space cooperation. With the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Space Law Interest Group and the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), Nebraska Law is proud to present the “World Speaks Space Law Series” developed by Matthew Schaefer (Nebraska Law, ASIL, ABILA), Elsbeth Magilton (Nebraska Law, ASIL), and Stefan Kirchner (ASIL). 

The series started with a session on Australia and New Zealand on January 28th at 6:00pm central time. A recording of the session is available here. The Australia and New Zealand session featured Melissa De Zwart, Dean at the University of Adelaide School of Law, Dale Stephens, Professor at the University of Adelaide School of Law and Director of the Adelaide Military Law Program, Joel Lisk, Attorney at Cowell Clarke and PhD candidate in space law, Val Sim, Director of Legal Services at the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and was moderated by Elsbeth Magilton, (former) ASIL Space Law Interset Group Co-Chair and Executive Director of the Nebraska Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program. 

The European session was a part of the ASIL Annual Meeting and featured Joyeeta Chatterjee (Moderator), Airbus, Irmgard Marboe, University of Vienna, Jenni Tapio, Finnish Space Agency, Frans G. von der Dunk, Black Holes Consultancy, Marco Ferrazzani, European Space Agency, and Mahulena Hofmann, University of Luxembourg. The recording is available through the ASIL Annual Meeting On Demand Content for members.

The May 19th session on The Latin American series session was held on May 19th. The session featured: Carlos Bello, Partner, Bello, Gallardo, Bonequie Y Garcia, Joao Paulo Campos, President, VISIONA, Jennifer Manner, Senior Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs, Echostar/Hughes, Dr. Felix Menicocci, President VENG, S.A. & Secretary General CONAE (Argentina Space Agency), Ana-Cristina Galhego Rosa, Legal Counsel to the Brazilian Delegation at UN COPUOS, Maureen Williams, Senior Research Officer/Space Law at CONICET/UBA (National Scientific Council of Argentina) & Permanent Representative of the ILA (London) to COPUOS, and was moderated by Matthew Schaefer, Co-Chair, ASIL Space Law Interest Group & Founding Co-Director – Space, Cyber and Telecom Law Program, University of Nebraska Law College.

The Sept 28th session on Africa will be open for registration soon. 

Speakers for the upcoming session:

Dr. Peter Martinez, Executive Director, Secure World Foundation & former Chairman of South African Council for Space Affairs 

Julia Selman Ayetey, Junior Partner, Ashong Benjamin & Associates 

Timiebi Aganaba, Assistant Professor of Space and Society, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University 

Moderator: Matthew Schaefer, Co-Chair, ASIL Space Law Interest Group & Founding Co-Director – Space, Cyber and Telecom Law Program, University of Nebraska Law College

Upcoming sessions under development.

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