Broadcast 1608 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

19 Aug 2011 Professor Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz
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Guest: Professor Joanne Gabrynowicz. Topics: The new Title 51 of the U.S. Code (USC), space law issues. 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. There are several websites referenced during this discussion that you will want to access:;; To download the Journal of Space Law edition referenced by our guest containing the new Title 51 of the USC, use We welcomed back to the program Professor Joanne Gabrynowicz, Director of the Space Law Center at the University of Mississippi. We started our discussion with Professor Gabrynowicz telling us about the new Title 51 of the USC. As you will hear, this is the first organizational change to the USC is about 83 years as Title 51 places all space law (other than specialty laws with DOD, ITAR, etc) in one place under the newly created Title 51. Our guest spent most of the first segment explaining this process, the USC, and what it means to the profession to have space law organized in Title 51. We also talked about the chapters, subchapters, subtitles, and categories. Professor Gabrynowicz made it clear that the law has not changed. Instead, the new Title 51 is an organizational change making it much easier to find essential items. As you will hear, the Ole Miss Journal of Space Law has printed the Title 51 in full and is freely available on their website by using the link provided above. As this segment drew to a close, we talked about laws, regulations, and policy and the differences in them, citing the SAA and FAR upcoming changes as examples. In our second segment, the professor was asked if one could infer that with Title 51, space law had reached a new level of importance. The simple answer was yes. Next, a question came up about the 2012 moratorium on regulation that expires at the end of next year with the ACT President Bush signed into law in 2004. While it is impossible to know what Congress will do with it at this time, you still want to hear this discussion. A listener also asked about the current news item re Mr. Thiel's group to build libertarian islands in international waters to escape from laws and regulations ( Our guest had much to say about U.S. citizenship, the types of jurisdiction citizens are subject to and even the issue of renouncing citizenship. We also talked about the remote sensing law and maximum probable loss considerations. We also talked about space property rights. Several questions were asked about non-attorneys understanding the law, especially as applicable to business start ups. Again, don't miss this discussion. In the final segment, our guest mentioned the Future of Commercial Space Law & Regulation event. Visit the event's website to listen to the talks and presentations made: Post your comments and questions on The Space Show blog URL above. Use the Contact pages on the websites to contact the Space Law Center and Professor Gabrynowicz. Put The Space Show in the subject line.



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