June 05, 2018

Government and industry experts to speak at ABA Space Law Symposium in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2018 – The American Bar Association will sponsor the 2018 Space Law Symposium on Thursday, June 7 in Washington, D.C., with panels conducted by industry experts  discussing topics such as non-traditional on-orbit space activities and authorizations, the National Space Council and the commercial space industry.

Thomas Cremins, associate administrator for Strategy and Plans at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C., will give opening keynote remarks at 8:10 a.m. ET. George Nield, former associate administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration, will give the luncheon remarks at 12:15 p.m. ET.  Amy Xenofos, chair of the ABA 2018 Space Law Symposium will give the closing remarks at 4 p.m.

Space Law Symposium
Sponsored by the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law

Thursday, June 7

Jenner & Block LLP
1099 New York Avenue NW #900
Washington, D.C. 20001

Program highlights include:

“Non-Traditional On-orbit Space Activities and Authorizations” — This panel will address the activities being planned for open space and the surfaces and subsurfaces of celestial bodies, being examined both from a national and international law perspective.
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

“National Space Council and NSC Users Advisory Group (UAG)” — U.S. space law and policy will be viewed through the lens of the National Space Council and  the Users' Advisory Group  (UAG). Panelists will explore the actions of these advisory bodies under the Trump administration and review potential leadership opportunities they could have on space law regulation.
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

“Law, Finance, and Commercial Space: The Changing Landscape of the Commercial Space Industry” — This multidisciplinary panel of experts will discuss how New Space is changing the legal framework to encourage and sustain the growth of new industries in the U.S. and internationally. Practitioners will gain a better understanding of developments in capital finance and investment banking, M&A trends, and the insurance markets.
1:45 – 3 p.m.

“Exploration and the Moon: Law and Policy Impacts on Future Activities” — This panel will examine past, present and envisioned usages of the moon and the concepts associated with the continued exploration of the moon by both governmental and private entities. Panelists will also explore the  impact of the seven-month-old Presidential Space Policy Directive-1, which provides for a U.S.-led, integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond.
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

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