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279.9 sec. 001 - Space Law (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Brian R. Israel  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Th 6:25 PM - 9:25 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-01-23

    F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-01-24

    F 3:10 PM - 5:10 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-01-24

    Sa 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-01-25

    Sa 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-01-25

Course Start: January 23, 2020
Course End: January 25, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 32031
Class Number: 32031

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 55
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 60
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course explores the international and national laws governing outer space. It begins with a brief look back over the first half-century of spaceflight, and the global, intergovernmental lawmaking process that produced the international legal framework for space, as a lens for analyzing the legal dimensions of contemporary and future space activities, the primary focus of the course. As space activities are increasingly conducted by private entities, space lawmaking is shifting to national legislatures and regulatory agencies extending treaty obligations to non-governmental actors, and regulating for other public policy ends. The course will introduce students to the U.S. regulatory frameworks for launch and reentry of spacecraft, satellite communications, Earth imaging, and ongoing legislative efforts to address next-generation commercial space activities. The course will conclude with a look at governmental and commercial plans for the second half-century of spaceflight - including harvesting the resources of celestial bodies and human settlements in space - and opportunities for students to play a role in this future, whether in government, a private space company, or a VC fund.

Students will select a paper topic analyzing the legal dimensions of a contemporary or future space activity.

This course meets:
Thursday, January 23rd 6:25PM-9:25PM
Friday, January 24th 10AM-12PM and 3:10PM-5:10PM
Saturday, January 25th 9AM-12PM and 2PM-5PM

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
International and Comparative Law
Public Law and Policy

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