Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz

Director Joanne Gabrynowicz
  • Name: Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz
  • Position: Director, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law and Research Professor of Law
  • Phone: +1 (662) 915 6877
  • Email: jgabryno@olemiss.edu
  • Address:
    The University of Mississippi School of Law,
    P.O. Box 1848 Robert C. Khayat Law Center, RM 1060,
    University, MS 38677

Prof. Gabrynowicz teaches space law and remote sensing law and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law. She is an official observer for the International Institute of Space Law to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Legal Subcommittee. She was a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) delegation to the Unidroit Committee of Governmental Experts for the Preparation of a Draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Space Assets and a delegate to the Group on Earth Observations. The UN Office of Outer Space Affairs invited Prof. Gabrynowicz to lecture on space law at all of its capacity building workshops for government officials and policymakers from developing nations. She briefed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gayle Norton as part of the Secretary's preparation for the Earth Observation Summit. Prof. Gabrynowicz also briefed Deputy Assistant Secretary Frank A. Rose of the U.S. Department of State on the legal aspects of orbital debris. She is currently a member of the Dept. of the Interior's National Geospatial Advisory Committee; NASA's Planetary Protection Subcommittee; and, the Permanent Court of Arbitration Advisory Group of Legal Experts on Optional Rules for Arbitration for Disputes Relating to Outer Space, The Hague. She previously served on the National Academy of Sciences Study on Assessment of NASA's Orbital Debris Programs; the Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing; the Eisenhower Institute study, The Future of Space-the Next Strategic Frontier; and, was the organizer and chair of the Dept. of the Interior's Federal Advisory Committee for the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive.

Prof. Gabrynowicz was a founding faculty member of the Space Studies Department at the University of North Dakota, where she also served as its Director of Graduate Studies. She taught traditional campus classes, on two U.S. Air Force bases, and via distance learning technologies. Her students include civilians, government, and industry aerospace professionals, and officers of the Air Combat, Air Mobility, and Space Commands. In 1999, she developed and taught a live, real-time, interactive Internet seminar, Landsat 7 Live: Past, Present, and Future that coincided with the satellite's launch. Speakers were the principals responsible for directing Landsat 7's science, technology, operations, and commercial activities. From 1992-94, Prof. Gabrynowicz was a member of The Congress of the United States Office of Technology Assessment Earth Observations Advisory Panel. From 1994-96, she was a member of the National Research Council Committee that produced Bits of Power: Issues in Global Access to Scientific Data. In 1994-95, Prof. Gabrynowicz was awarded a NASA/American Society of Engineering Education Summer Faculty Fellowship from Goddard Space Flight Center where she also served as the 1997 Dean of the NASA Space Academy. In 1996 she received a research fellowship from the USGS EROS Data Center. In 1999, the International Institute of Space Law invited Prof. Gabrynowicz to write and present the remote sensing law position paper at the Third UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III). In 2000, she was invited by the National Research Council (NRC) to participate in a study on Diplomacy in a Transparent World: The Use of Civil Remote Sensing in the Development and Implementation of Foreign Policy. In 2003, the NRC asked Prof. Gabrynowicz to testify before the Committee on Licensing Geographic Data and Services and the Stepping Stones to the Future of Space Workshop on International Cooperation/Competition- Why, How, When? She was also asked to address the NASA Public Health Applications Program on Confidentiality and Geospatial Data. In 2001, Prof. Gabrynowicz was invited by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics to participate in the working group on Contribution of Space Systems to the Development, Implementation and Verification of International Environmental Agreements. She was invited by the University of Cologne Institute of Air and Space Law and the German Aerospace Center to serve as an expert for Project 2001, which produced, Legal Framework for the Commercial Use of Outer Space Working Group on Remote Sensing.

Before beginning her academic career in 1987, she was the managing attorney of a law firm in New York City. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Forum on Aviation and Space Law, the New York State Bar, the International Institute of Space Law and Women in Aerospace, among other groups. Prof. Gabrynowicz is the recipient of the 2001 Women in Aerospace Outstanding International Award. She was a Distinguished Speaker in the 2003-2004 Donahue Lecture Series of the Suffolk University Law Review. In 2008, Prof. Gabrynowicz was the 10th Alan R. Sommerfeld Lecturer in Information Operations and Space Operations sponsored by the International and Operational Law Department of the Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army. In 2011, she received the IISL's Distinguished Service Award.

In 2008 Prof. Gabrynowicz was profiled in the ABA Journal article Making Space Matter.

  • 2011 J. of Space L., Editor -in-Chief, Volume 37, Nos. 1 and 2.
  • 2010 J. of Space L., Editor -in-Chief, Volume 36, Nos. 1 and 2.
  • 2010 One-Half Century and Counting: The Evolution of U.S. National Space Law and Three Long-term Emerging Issues, Harvard Law & Policy Review, 4 Harv. L. & Pol'y Rev. 901 (2010)
  • 2010 Science and Diplomacy, John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Summer 2010, in press, with Frans von der Dunk, Robert Harding, Henry Herzfeld.
  • 2009 J. of Space L., Editor -in-Chief, Volume 35, Nos. 1 and 2.
  • 2008 J. of Space L., Editor -in-Chief, Volume 34, Nos. 1 and 2.
  • 2007 J. of Space L., Editor -in-Chief, Volume 33, Nos. 1 and 2.
  • 2007 Legal Certification Of Digital Data: The Earth Resources Observation And Science Data Center Project , 33 J. Space L. 193, with Ronald J. Rychlak and Rick Crowsey, Books Edited
  • 2006 J. of Space L., Editor -in-Chief, Volume 32, Nos. 1 and 2.
  • 2006 “The Outer Space Treaty and Enhancing Space Security” UN Institute for Disarmament Research, (in press).
  • 2006 Comments on the Discussion Paper, “Adequacy of the Current Legal and Regulatory Framework Relating to the Extraction and Appropriation of Natural Resources”, International Institute of Space Law, (in press).
  • 2005 J. of Space L., Editor -in-Chief, Volume 31, Nos. 1 and 2.
  • 2005 The Perils of Landsat from Grassroots to Globalization: A Comprehensive Review of U.S. Remote Sensing Law with a Few Thoughts for the Future, CHI. J. INT’L L.
  • 2004 J. of Space L., Editor -in-Chief, Volume 30, Nos. 1 and 2.
  • 2004 Space Law: Its Cold War Origins and Challenges in the Era of Globalization, 37 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 1043
  • 2004 An Introduction to Space Law for Decision Makers, 30 J. Space L. 227, with Jacqueline Etil Serrao
  • 2004 "Space Law: Its Cold War Origins and Challenges in the Era of Globalization, Suffolk University Law Review
  • 2003 J. of Space L., Editor -in-Chief, Volume 29, Nos. 1 and 2.
  • 2002 A Legal Assistant's Guide to Legal Applications of Geospatial Information, Eds., Joanne Gabrynowicz, et al.
  • 2002 Proceedings, The First International Conference on the State of Remote Sensing Law, Ed., Joanne Gabrynowicz
  • 2002 The United Nations Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Space: A Legislative History -- Interviews of Members of the United States Delegation, Ed., Joanne Gabrynowicz.
  • 2002 Landsat 7: Past, Present and Future, Eds., John Graham and Joanne Gabrynowicz
  • 2002 Remote Sensing and Space Law Bibliography, Eds., Joanne Gabrynowicz, et al.
  • 2002 The Remote Sensing Industry: A CEO Forum, Eds., John Graham and Joanne Gabrynowicz.
  • 2001 "The Work of the U.S. National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive Committee: 1998 2000" Space Policy, Feb.
  • 2001 The Work of the U.S. National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive Committee: 1998 - 2000, 17 Space Policy 49.
  • 1999 "Expanding Global Remote Sensing Services: Three Fundamental Legal Considerations" The Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, July.
  • 1998 "The Definition of Data 'Availability' for CommercialRemote Sensing Systems Under United States Federal Law" Annals of Air and Space Law, Jan.
  • 1998 Defining Data Availability for Commercial Remote Sensing Systems under United States Federal Law, 23 Ann. Air & Space L. 93.
  • 1998 The Science of Federalism: Past and Present, Toward an Earth Science Enterprise Federation: Results from a Workshop.
  • 1997 Earth Observations: the View from the Ground. 13 Space Policy 229.
  • 1997 "Earth Observations the View from the Ground: A Survey of Policies Around the World" Space Policy, Aug.
  • 1996 Editor: What is the Value of Space Exploration? - A Prairie Perspective.
  • 1996 Commercial High-Altitude Unpiloted Aerial Remote Sensing: Some Legal Considerations, 62 Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 275.
  • 1996 "Commercial HighAltitude Unpiloted Aerial Remote Sensing: Some Legal Considerations" Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, Mar.
  • 1995 "The Global Land 1KM AVHRR Project: An Emerging Model for Earth Observations Institutions" Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Feb.
  • 1995 Remote Sensing the Emerging Era "Space, Vision and Reality: Face to Face Proceedings Report", U.S. Space Foundation 32.
  • 1995 Accessing Earth System Science Data and Applications Through High Bandwidth Networks, 13 IEEE J. on Selected Areas in Communications 793 (With R.Vetter, M.Ali, M. Daily, S. Narumalani, K. Nygard, W. Perrizo, P. Ram, S. Reichenbach, G. A. Seielstad, and W. White).
  • 1994 "The Remote Sensing Legal Landscape," Space News, Commentary, January "Remote Sensing Policy Deja Vu," Space News, Commentary, September.
  • 1993 The Progress and Promise of the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992, 9 Space Policy 319.
  • 1993 "The Problems and Promise of the Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992" Space Policy, Nov.
  • 1992 Earth Observations: Bringing Space Policy from the Industrial Age to the Space Age, 8 Space Policy 167
  • 1992 Property Rights Reviewed and Reexamined World Space Congress, IAF and COSPAR 288.
  • 1991 "Earth Observations: Bringing Space Policy from the Industrial Age to the Space Age" Space Policy, May.
  • 1990 Mission to Planet Earth: A Call to Repeal the Landsat Act, Earth Observations and Global Change Decision Making. (with Wood.)
  • 1989 International Space Policy: Legal, Economic, and Strategic Options for the Twentieth Century and Beyond, 17 J. Space L. 185.
  • 1989 The Space Settlement Papers. (With Eric M. Jones and Phillip W. Quigg.)
  • 1987 Space Development and the American Experiment: A Context and Model for International Progress, Space Manufacturing 6, Nonterrestrial Resources, Biosciences, and Space Engineering, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. pg. 215.
  • 1985 The American Experiment: A Systems Approach to Human Government, Space Manufacturing 5, Nonterrestrial Resources, Biosciences, and Space Engineering, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. pg. 265.
  • The Global Land 1-KM AVHRR Project: An Emerging Model for Earth Observations Institutions, 61 Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 160.
  • "Space Law and Feminist Jurisprudence" Proceedings of the 34th Colloquium on The Law of Outer Space, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Washington, D.C.