Space Law & Satellite Communications (LAW-828-001)
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The course provides an overview of U.S. domestic and international space law. We will cover the United Nations space treaties, such as the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 and the Liability Convention of 1972, as well as the International Telcommunication Union’s procedures for coordinating satellite orbital locations and associated radio frequencies. We will study U.S. domestic legal regimes for satellite communications, satellite remote sensing, satellite launches, human spaceflight, and space resource extraction. Finally, we will analyze key risk allocation provisions in commercial space contracts, such as launch service agreements and satellite purchase contracts. We also touch on satellite insurance. The course borrows from my own space law practice of 20+ years. I chair the Space Law Practice Group at Zuckert Scoutt & Rasenberger, L.L.P. So, the focus is on practical problem solving and real-life legal issues in the commercial space industry today. We always have guest speakers from satellite companies and regulatory agencies who share their perspectives with the students on the types of legal issues they encounter. Grades are based on class participation and the final paper. I will give you homework assignments in writing before each class to facilitate your class participation. The course has an 8-12 page paper requirement. You will pick a topic of your choice, and I will provide guidance for your topic selection, research and paper outline. Papers are due December 23. The paper must contain citations in a consistent format. There is no final exam.
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