8th Annual Spring Space Law Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Our next and final lecture in the 8th Annual Space, Cyber, and Telecom Spring Conference is Thursday April 24th at 1:30 cst/2:30 est on “US Laws Governing Space Activities” with Dennis Burnett and Franceska Schroeder. This will be a preview of the upcoming mini course offered in Fall 2014, “Space and Satellite Business Law.” The lecture will be streamed from Ms. Schroeders office in Washington DC.

U.S. Space policy has favored increasing commercialization for three decades.  Over 200 commercial space launches have occurred since the first one in 1989.  New commercial activities, including ferrying cargo to and from the International Space Station and performing research and experiments for the private sector on the ISS, are becoming routine. Soon human transportation and asteroid mining will be part of the commercial space landscape.  This lecture will begin to review and examine the history of space policies regarding space commercialization.

1 to 3 days prior to the arranged lecture, all registered persons will be emailed a link to view the lecture online via Adobe Connect. Participants will be able to use a chat box to ask any questions. If you participated in our past lecture you do not need to register again, the link will be sent to you. 


Wednesday April 9th
"ITU Regulatory Framework as Part of International Law," deals with the connection between the ITU legislation and general international law. The issues of the scope of applicability of the UN Charter, the rules of international responsibility, and the provisions of human rights treaties to telecommunications will be discussed. The interplay of these regulations will be demonstrated on the phenomenon of harmful interference.

Professor Dr. Mahulena Hofmann is the SES Chair in Satellite Communications and Media Law at the University of Luxembourg. Prior to her appointment at the University of Luxembourg, Hofmann, a German and Czech national, was the holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law and Transition Studies at the Faculty of Law, Justus Liebig University of Giessen. At the same time she served as a Senior Research Fellow at the renowned Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law where her research activities were in the field of International Space and Telecommunications Law, as well as the public law of Central and Eastern European countries. Member of the European Centre for Space Law and an Expert Committee of the Council of Europe dealing with regional and minority languages, she has a rich scientific profile encompassing all aspects of Satellite Communication and Media Law (International, European and comparative). Professor Hofmann holds a PhD on Remote Sensing of the Earth from Space - Legal Aspects from Charles University, Prague and a ‘habilitation thesis’ on The Position of International and European Law in the Legal Systems of the Transformation Countries of Central and Eastern Europe from the University of Cologne. She is a full member of the International Astronautical Academy.

6th Annual Spring Space Law Conference

April 20, 2012
University of Nebraska College of Law
Hamann Auditorium

University of Vienna
European Space Policy Institute

co-sponsored by the University of Vienna and the European Space Policy Institute



Registration & Coffee



Keynote "The development of international space law, in particular in its infant stages, and the role of customary and soft law" (working title ), Dr. Peter Jankowitsch, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Representative to UNCOPUOS, Austria).




"General principles of law versus soft law in the space domain", Peter Hulsroj, Director, European Space Policy Institute, Vienna, Austria.


"Compliance or non-compliance with soft-law instruments: a real choice for space operators?", Dr. Irmgard Marboe, Associate Professor at the Department of European, International, and Comparative Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna.




"The 1996 Declaration on Space Benefits and Customary International Law", Brian Lepard, Law Alumni Professor of Law at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Law College.


"Soft law and space law in the context of space debris mitigation: an ongoing case study", Frans von der Dunk, Harvey & Susan Perlman Alumni and Othmer Professor of Space Law, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Law College, Space, Cyber and Telecom Law LL.M. Program.




"Customary law in the context of anti-satellite weapons" (working title), David Koplow, Professor of Law; Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown University.


"Soft law, customary international law and the use of force in outer space" (working title), Jack Beard, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Law College, Space, Cyber and Telecom Law LL.M. Program.


Final panel discussion


Final Remarks



General C. Robert Kehler Photo by Bambi King

Keynote Address Speaker General C. Robert Kehler, Commander, US Strategic Command.Photo by Bambi King/ Space and Telecom Law LL.M. Program

Link to PowerPoints


April 18th, Day 1: Commercial Space Regulation:
Models and Interoperability

9:00 AM Welcome by Dean Susan Poser, Professor Matthew Schaefer, and Professor Frans von der Dunk

9:15 AM John Sloan, FAA [US Viewpoint]

10:15 AM Rolf Olofsson, , Partner, White and Case (Brussels)[Comparison between European and US approaches, plus some insurance issues]

11:15 AM Bretton Alexander, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation [Industry Viewpoint]

12:15 PM Lunch

1:15 PM Jean-Francois Mayence, of International Law Unit, Belgium Dept. of Science [ issues related to commercial space flight from the point of view of small space faring nations, in particular in the context of the European Union]

2:15 PM Steven Freeland, Professor of Law, University of Western Sydney and University of Copenhagen [Australian Viewpoint, Including Perspective from Country Where Commercial, Military, Civilian Not as Distinctly Regulated]

3:15 PM Prof. Dr. Doo Hwan Kim, Honorary President, The Korean Association of Air and Space Law [South Korean Perspective]

4:00-5:30 PM Global Roundtable, including all speakers and also the following:
Prof. Dr. Doddy Supancana, Atma Jaya University, Jakarta, Indonesia
Prof. Yasuaki Hashimoto, National Institute of Defense Studies, Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Tare Brisibe, Director, Legal Regulatory Affairs at OnAir, Geneva, Switzerland
Ranjana Kaul, Partner DAU Associates


April 19, Day #2: National Security Aspects
of Commercial Space Regulation

8:55 Welcome: Matt Schaefer and Maj. Gen. Claude Bolton


Gen. Robert Kehler, Commander, US Strategic Command

10AM ITAR and Export Control

US ITAR Reform:

Dennis Burnett, Vice-President Trade and Export Controls, EADS North America

Franceska Schroeder, Principal, Fish and Richardson)

John Ordway, Partner, Berliner, Corcoran and Rowe

Noon Lunch

1:00PM Rules of the Road

Ram Jakhu, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Antonella Bini, Associate Expert, IGC Executive Secretariat, Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations Office at Vienna

Rand Simberg, Chairman of the Competitive Space Task Force and adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute

3:00-5:00PM Global Roundtable: Wrap-up Session With All Speakers and Guests

Further Distinguished Guests

Dr. Pat Hynes, New Mexico State University, Executive Director, FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation

Mike Simpson, President, International Space University

Space Security and Space Tourism: Challenges to and Transatlantic Perspectives on Governance

Conference Sponsored by the University of Nebraska Space and Telecom Law Program and the European Space Policy Institute

May 6-7, 2010
Lincoln, NE
UNL College of Law (Auditorium)

Agenda in PDF format:
Day One
Day Two

Day #1 (May 6th): Transparency and Confidence Building Measures: Alternative Vehicles to Advance Space Security

Day #2 (May 7th):Space Tourism: Perspectives on Licensing and Governance of Operators, Spaceports, and Export Controls

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Conference on Near-Earth Objects: Risks, Responses and Opportunities - Legal Aspects

April 23-24, 2009, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

May 1-3, 2008

Formalism, Informalism, and Innovation in Space and Telecommunications Law Conference May 1-3, 2008 at the Cornhusker Marriot, Lincoln, Nebraska

Security and Risk Management in a New Space Era

March 2, 2007

Security and Risk Management in a New Space Era: Military, Commercial and Tourism Dimensions

On March 2, 2007, the Law College hosted its first ever space and telecommunications law conference titled "Security and Risk Management in a New Space Era: Military, Commercial and Tourism Dimensions." The theme of the conference was particularly timely as in mid-January 2007 China conducted the first anti-satellite weapon test in 20 years, knocking out one of its own aging weather satellites 537 miles from Earth. In the process, China created a debris field of hundreds-if not thousands-of fragments. Previously, in September of 2006, there were media reports of China "illuminating" satellites with lasers. Before that time, the last test of an anti-satellite weapon was conducted by the United States in 1985, and the last piece of debris created by that test just deorbited in 2004. China was roundly criticized by the international community for its test and the test's potential impact.

General James Cartwright, then Commander of US Strategic Command ("US STRATCOM") and current Vice-Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave the keynote address at the conference. General Cartwright noted that the military tracks over 40,000 objects in space, occasionally warning satellite operators of potential collisions with each other or with debris. General Cartwright also made the point that the law is not as precise as it needs to be given the density of space activities today. For example, whose responsibility is it to maneuver when two objects are on a potential collision course? Other problems identified during the talk included piracy of bandwidth, jamming of signals, and other interference with communications. US STRATCOM continues to attempt to improve space situational awareness, including more proactive awareness of space activities. General Cartwright concluded by noting that there is no need for an arms race in space. In addition to General Cartwright's keynote address, several different panels were held to address a variety of issues. These panels addressed issues involving "space tourism," the military dimensions of space law, and the commercial/telecommunications aspects.

The speakers on the Tourism/Transportation Dimensions Panel included Laura Montgomery, Chief Counsel's Office, FAA Commercial Space Transportation; Frans von der Dunk, Director, Space Law Research, International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University (Netherlands); Stephan Hobe, Director, Air and Space Law Institute, University of Cologne; and Tracey Knutson, Knutson and Associates (Alaska). Articles based on Professor von der Dunk's and Professor Hobe's panel presentations are soon to be published in the Nebraska Law Review.

The Military Dimensions Panel focused on "Protecting Systems and Using Military Power to Protect Civil, Commercial, and Tourist Operations; and System Negation." The panel's speakers included Phil Meek, Air Force General Counsel's Office; Major Darren Huskisson, Chief, Cyber and Space Law, US STRATCOM and a Law College graduate; and Colonel Patrick Gleeson, Canada. Eligar Sadeh, Professor, University of North Dakota Space Studies Department, served as commentator for the panel. Phil Meek noted that the there is very little transparency in other nation's space policies and that the U.S. has an asymmetrical advantage in space. However, Meek also warned that this could turn into an Achilles heel if space assets are not properly protected. Darren Huskisson analyzed what the principles identified in International Court of Justice's opinion in the Oil Platforms case might mean for the defense of the space network. Finally, Colonel Gleeson provided a Canadian perspective on system protection and system negation issues. Several papers from this panel were recently published in the journal Astropolitics.

The Commercial/Telecommunications Dimensions Panel focused on "Managing Risks, Securing Assets." The panel's speakers included Ram Jakhu, Professor, McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law; Hal Burman, Legal Advisor's Office, United States State Department; Joanne Gabrynowicz, Director, Remote Sensing and Space Law Center, University of Mississippi; and Pamela Meredith, Co-Chair, Space Law Practice Group, Zuckert, Scoutt, and Rasenberger. June Edwards, a Law College graduate, formerly with NASA General Counsel's Office and currently with US STRATCOM, served as moderator for the panel.