Broadcast 2727 Giugi Carminati

The Space Foundation Conference

27 Jun 2016 Maria Vittoria "Giugi" Carminati
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Guest:  Giugi Carminati;  Topics:  The Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, commercial space & related topics.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,   Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See   

We welcomed Giugi Carminati to the show to discuss The Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition and much more.  During the first segment of our 91 minute program, our guest discussed Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in detail.  Make sure you visit their website for more information, especially if you are a student and want to enter the competition in a coming year.  Visit  Giugi's discussion and comments were comprehensive so make sure you listen to this segment as it paves the way for the balance of our discussion.  Giugi provided us with the needed and very thorough background to understand this important and fun space law moot court program.

Listeners had several questions for our guest, not just about the moot court space debris problem, but more current space law issues with the Outer Space Treaty.  Our guest explained that in the moot court program, consequences for the losing side do not exist.  We then talked about the difficulty in assessing consequences and penalties in real space law litigation issues.  Listen carefully, you do not want to miss this very realistic assessment of possible consequences for a "violating" space player. 

Space tourism came up for both the moot court and for real issues.  We talked quite a bit about the spaceflight participant designation and what it may mean.  I asked Giugi about holding spaceflight participants at least partially liable for accidents and damages in space tourism accidents and incidents, as other space law guests have suggested over the years when they have been on The Space Show.  Giugi thought it would be very difficult to hold a spaceflight participant accountable for anything that went wrong on a space tourism flight unless it could be shown that the participant did something to interfere with the spaceflight crew or cause the accident.  Listen to her comments for the full story on this important issue. 

Before the segment ended, Todd wanted to know if the moot court project was focusing more on commercial spaceflight due to the growth in the industry over the last several years and the rising influence of the NewSpace segment of space advocacy and commerce.  She said yes but again, don't miss her full comments offered in reply to Todd.

In the second segment, Wanda asked about a federal court jurisdiction requirement in the recently passed 2015 Commercial Space Law Act.  Another listener wanted to know about possible real life liability issues for academic payloads, say cubesat launches, for the students, the university and other related parties.  Don't miss what Giugi said in response to these and other questions.  This led to a discussion about not wanting to test the actions and behavior of private actors given precedents are not wanted.  Listen for the explanation behind this statement.

Satellite litigation was talked about in this segment, then we talked about how participating in the moot court was beneficial for careers and networking.  For those of you who are students or planning to go to law school or in law school, be sure to listen to what or guest had to say on this topic.

Near the end of our discussion, we talked about property rights and deep space mining resource utilization.  Our guest had much to say on both property rights and using space resources but in short, she said we would have some sort of novel property rights some day and if the companies could develop asteroid mining, it could change the focus and balance of the entire Earth economy.  Listen carefully to all of what Giugi had to say about these issues. 

Giugi offered us meaningful closing comments and pearls of wisdom.  Please post your comments/questions in the blog section of this archived show on TSS website.  You can reach our guest through her email address on the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition website provided above.




Moot court on space debris, commercial space & more

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