The Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation

The Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation

Jones Day
51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001-2113
Seventh Floor Conference Center
7 June 2011


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Agenda (pdf) | Biographies (pdf)


8:30 - 8:50 Setting the Stage: Where we are in commercial space, how we got here, and what lies ahead | Res Communis Blog Report

  • Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, National Remote Sensing and Space Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law | Presentation (pdf)
  • James A. Vedda, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Space Policy and Strategy, The Aerospace Corporation | Presentation (pdf)

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8:50 - 10:20 Federal Laws and Regulations: Creating an Environment That Really Does "Encourage and Facilitate" | Res Communis Blog Report

Moderator: Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz

Since the 1980s, it has been U.S. national policy to encourage and facilitate U.S. commercial space development. Have we made sufficient progress in policy, law, and regulations in the past three decades? Where have we missed opportunities? What are the priority issues of the coming decade

  • Herb Bachner, Program Manager for Commercial Space Transportation, CSSI Inc.
  • Rene J. Rey, J.D., L.L.M. , Senior Aerospace Engineer FAA / Office of Commercial Space Transportation
  • Franceska Schroeder, Franceska Schroeder, Principal Fish & Richardson P.C.

10:20 - 10:35 USC Title 51: The Codification of US National and Commercial Space Law | Res Communis Blog Report

  • Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz
  • Robert Mark Sukol, Senior Counsel, Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representative

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10:35 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 State and Local Issues | Res Communis Blog Report

Moderator: James A. Vedda

If commercial human spaceflight and other space industries are to thrive and diversify, this is likely to manifest itself in multiple centers of excellence in partnership with state and local interests, including universities. Will this movement be tied to traditional space participants and locations, or branch out in other directions? Are there emerging trends that show where this is going? What are the implications for the legal and regulatory environment?

  • Leonard David, Space Journalist, SPACE.com, Space News, AIAA Aerospace America
  • Milton ("Skip") Smith, Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
  • Rachel A. Yates, Partner, Holland and Hart LLP

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12:30 - 2:00 Lunch: Orbital Arc Regulation: Transitioning from Government to the Private Sector Over the Long Term | Res Communis Blog Report

  • Giovanna M. Cinelli, Partner, Jones Day Washington D.C. | Presentation (pdf)
  • Elizabeth Evans, Partner, Jones Day, New York | Presentation (pdf)
  • Del Smith, Jones Day, Senior Telecommunications Counsel, Washington D.C.

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2:00 - 3:30 Public-Private Partnerships: Obtaining better results in the U.S | Res Communis Blog Report

Moderator: Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz

Space-related public-private partnerships are common in European launch, communications, and remote sensing efforts. In the U.S., partnerships recently have been attempted with mixed results, and are still considered the exception rather than the rule. Current and future requirements in expertise and resources point to the need for more partnering. How can the U.S. improve its results? Are there lessons to be learned from Europe? Are legal and regulatory changes needed, or does this simply require a cultural shift?

  • Michael J. Mendelson, Asst General Counsel, Intelsat
  • Charles Miller, Senior Advisor for Commercial Space, Office of Chief Technologist, NASA
  • William L. Warren, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary GeoEye, Inc.

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3:30 - 3:45 Break

3:45 - 5:00 Sustained Long-Term Planning and the Complementary Roles of the Public & Private Sector | Res Communis Blog Report

Moderator: Prof. James A. Vedda

What do we want the space business environment to look like in the decades ahead, and how do we get there from here? How can incentives for short-term thinking be overcome to promote sustained long-term planning? How will the public and private sectors share the cost, risk, and technical challenges of building a sustainable space infrastructure?

  • Jim Dunstan, Mobius Legal Group, LLC
  • Henry Herzfeld, Research Professor, Space Policy Institute, The George Washington
  • James A.M. Muncy, PoliSpace Space Policy Consultancy

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5:00 - 6:00 Reception for all attendees hosted by Jones Day