Declan O'Donnell

Declan O'Donnell is an expert on issues relating to space governance and the founder of United Societies in Space (USIS), in addition to his being a tax and securities attorney. Mr. O'Donnell is on the Mars Society Steering Committee, and he is on the Board of Directors of the Space Development Authority as well as the Lunar Economic Development Authority. He is a member and past president of the Lunar Solar Power Coalition and a member of the National Space Society. He received the Indira Gandhi Award of India for International Space Law for publishing the Space Governance Journal. Mr. O'Donnell has a superb understanding of the issues concerning the expansion of space commerce and the importance of establishing a system of space governance that will facilitate commercial space growth.

Broadcast 1819 (Special Edition)

Guest: Declan O'Donnell. Topics: USIS updates, Law of the Sea Treaty, space settlement, property rights & more. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.

Broadcast 1500 (Special Edition)

Guest: Declan O’Donnell. Topics: United Societies In Space (USIS), commercial space, treaty law, changing the law. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Note that this is Space Show number 1,500!

Broadcast 1222 (Special Edition)

Guest: Declan O'Donnell. Topics: space governance, United Societies in Space, science development. Declan O'Donnell returned as The Space Show guest to discuss space governance and the unique concept of the Space Authority Bank as a way to finance space development. During Segment 1, Declan provided us with the basics for this discussion starting with the five United Nations space treaties, the basics of space governance, and a comparison of the U.S. concept of space as a frontier as contrasted to the Canadian experience of frontier development with their Mounties.

Broadcast 684 (Special Edition)

Declan O'Donnell was the special guest for the Monday night, March 12 and replay program on Tuesday, March 13th. We started the discussion with an overview look on the legal case of space friend and benefactor, Walt Anderson. During the first segment of the show, we discussed Walt's situation in general, how the IRS and the government prosecutes such cases, some of the laws involved, and various scenarios that might apply to Walt.

Broadcast 368 (Special Edition)

Declan O'Donnell returned to The Space Show to discuss the latest on issues relating to space governance. This discussion opened up additional topics including the impact on space governance and the financial markets for the success of Space Ship One and Burt Rutan, the developing suborbital tourism industry and enabling legislation for this industry. Mr. O'Donnell also explained the impact of treaty law on US law as treaty law takes precedence per our constitution.

Broadcast 228 (Special Edition)

Declan O'Donnell, returning Space Show guest and noted attorney in the Denver, Colorado area, updates us on his space governance program with United Societies in Space (USIS). In addition, Mr. O'Donnell reported on some of the activities at the National Space Society annual meeting last week in Oklahoma City which motivated him to develop an action plan to make sure space is on the political agenda in this year's presidential election and within the political parties.

Broadcast 108 (Special Edition)

Declan O'Donnell is a noted attorney specializing in the law of outer-space as well as tax and securities litigation. During this program, we discuss space policy from the legal perspective, the United Nations space treaties and their relationship to outer space commerce. We also look at other factors influencing the development of space commerce and Mr. O'Donnell offers suggestions for how best to move forward in developing a commercial space economy through creative policy changes coupled with effective programs and the United Societies in Space (USIS).

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