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Fri, Apr 12, 2024 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Global Space Law Center 2024 Annual Symposium


"A New Era of Responsibility in Space: Eliminating the Threat of Orbital Debris"

Man-made orbital debris poses the single greatest threat to the sustainable use of Earth’s orbit and puts at risk the space-based infrastructure on which society has become ever more reliant for everything from communications and navigation to tourism and national security. A series of new developments suggests that the international community is taking bold new steps to eliminate this risk and usher in a new era of responsible behavior in outer space, most notably the April 2022 U.S. moratorium on kinetic anti-satellite tests which has now gained significant international support.

This online symposium will feature key figures from government, industry, and academia to brainstorm about these exciting developments and discuss the way forward as we work to prevent orbital pollution from interfering with the peaceful use of outer space.


Prof. Elena Carpanelli

Professor Elena Carpanelli is an Assistant Professor in International Law at the University of Parma in Italy. She is a specialist in the field of space law and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and an editor of Air & Space Law. 



Prof. Emer. Joanne Gabrynowicz

Professor Emeritus Joanne Gabrynowicz served as Research Professor and Director of the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law of the University of Mississippi School of Law (2001 – 2013) and Professor of Space Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at the Space Studies Department of the University of North Dakota (1987 – 2001. Prof. Gabrynowicz has advised the U.S. government at many levels and has also been a key figure in many international legal reform initiatives. She currently lectures at various universities and continues to serve as a long-time member of the International Institute of Space Law. In honor of her work, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid, "Asteroid (9002) Gabrynowicz’".

Carol Leslie Hamilton

Carol Leslie Hamilton serves on the University of California College of Law Board of Governors, the Renewables 100 Policy Institute’s Board of Advisors, and the Department of Homeland Security Los Angeles Area Community Engagement Roundtable. Nominated by President Obama as the U.S. Alternate Representative to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, she served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations where she represented the United States on human rights, nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, and international security issues.


Derek Hanson

Derek Hanson is an attorney-advisor at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Derek provides legal counsel relate to NOAA's environmental satellites and to the Office of Space Commerce, which regulates private remote sensing satellites and is developing the Traffic Coordination System for Space.



Dr. Michael Mineiro

Dr. Michael Mineiro serves as Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP where he counsels launch, satellite, space-based service providers, software, communications and other technology companies and investors on a broad range of legal issues related to regulatory, disputes and compliance issues. Dr. Mineiro has had extensive experience advising the U.S. governments including previously servin in key roles on the House Science, Space and Technology committee and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He holds a doctorate in Space Law and an LL.M. in Air and Space Law from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. He earned his J.D. at the University of North Carolina.

Major Matthew Ormsbee

Major Matthew Ormsbee is an Assistant Professor of Law at the United States Air Force Academy where he is the Director of Space Law in the Law, Technology & Warfare Research Cell.  Maj. Ormsbee received a direct commission as an Air Force Judge Advocate in November 2016 and entered active duty in January 2017.  He earned an LL.M. degree in air and space law at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University. Before law school, Maj Ormsbee was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany, an AmeriCorps service member, and a New York City Teaching Fellow.  


Randy Repcheck serves as Deputy Manager of the Regulations and Analysis Division of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation where he is involved in the regulation of private companies seeking a space vehicle launch or reentry license.

Dr. Antinino Salmeri

Dr. Antonino Salmeri serves as the Director of Lunar Policy Platform, an international forum for the development of best practices and principles to ensure the sustainability of both governmental and private lunar activity. Dr. Salmeri holds four advanced degrees in law: a Ph.D. in Space Law from the University of Luxembourg, an Advanced LL.M. in Air & Space Law from the University of Leiden, a 2nd level LL.M. in EU Law & Policy from the LUISS University of Rome and a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Catania.


Mark Sundahl

Prof. Mark J. Sundahl is a Professor of Law and Director of the Global Space Law Center at Cleveland State University. He has served on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) which advises the Federal Aviation Administration regarding new regulations governing private space activity and has served as a member and advisor to the U.S. delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. most recently, he served as a member of NASA’s Regulatory and Policy Committee. Prof. Sundahl is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and an editor of Air & Space Law.


Merissa Velez serves as Division Chief of the Satellite Programs & Policy Division of the Space Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission which licenses the use of radio frequencies and orbital slots used by private satellite operators.


$60 for 2.5 hours of CLE credit for Ohio attorneys: 

FREE for No CLE Credit:  


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