. . . and I’m back

Whilst I was consumed with completing my dissertation, I ceased to pay attention to this site.  At some point bits collided with bytes and I could no longer access the WordPress back end.  I’ve just now taken the time to regain control of the beast, but the whole site is not to its former glory.  Nay, here, for the time being, you should expect broken links and bits of askanceness.  But I’m back in charge, so I should be posting regularly again . . . or at leat attempting to do so.

IISL Press Releases

The International Astronautical Congress happened amidst tight security earlier this month in Jerusalem.  As part of the Congress the International Institute of Space Law held its Annual Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, its annual meeting, and the World Finals of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition.   Despite the tension on the ground in Jerusalem the IISL’s events were a great success.  The highlight for myself was the pride in seeing my alma mater and employer’s, the University of Mississippi School of Law, team win the world finals.  The team was coached by my colleague Prof. Michael Dodge and included a past student, Ian Perry; a current student, C.J. Robison; and a potential future student, Olivia Hoff.  Despite my connections to these individuals,  I can take no credit for their excellent performance.  Congrats to the team and Hotty Toddy!

I’ll also note my own election to the IISL Board of Directors and the pleasure it will be to serve the Institute alongside so many distinguished colleagues.

The IISL press releases from the events are below:

Press release IISL 2015-003

Election results

At the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) officially announced the results of the 2015 elections of candidates for vacant positions on the Board of Directors of the IISL.

The result of the elections was as follows:

  • For the office of IISL Vice-President: Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Germany)
  • For nine vacant positions as IISL Directors:
    • Setsuko Aoki (Japan)
    • Marco Ferrazzani (Italy)
    • Lesley Jane Smith (United Kingdom)
    • Zhenjun Zhang (China)
    • Joanne Gabrynowicz (United States)
    • Maureen Williams (Argentina/United Kingdom)
    • Corinne Jorgenson (United States)
    • P.J. Blount (United States)
    • Milton Smith (United States)

 

 

Press release IISL 2015-004-corrected

Special election of an Honorary Director

At the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) elected Professor Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni (Italy) as Honorary Director of the IISL in due recognition of her long-standing contributions to the development of space law and the role of the IISL in this context.


 

Press release IISL 2015-005

Results of the 2015 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

At the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) organized the Final Rounds of the 2015 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.

The World Finals, on 15 October 2015, were judged by three sitting Members of the International Court of Justice (ICJ): H.E. Judge Peter Tomka, H.E. Judge Dalveer Bhandari, and H.E. Judge Kirill Gevorgian.

The result of the 2015 Competition was as follows:

  • Winner: University of Mississippi Law School, Oxford, United States
  • Best Memorials: University of Mississippi Law School, Oxford, United States
  • Best Oralist: Mr. Athanasios Plexidas, National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece
  • Runner-up: National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece
  • Semi-Finalists:
    • Obafemi Awolowo University, City of Ile-Ife, Nigeria
    • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India

The Problem was written in its ultimate version by Dr. Les Tennen, United States, as based on an original version written by Prof. Dr. Frans G. von der Dunk, Netherlands.


 

Press release IISL 2015-007

Highlight Paper

In the course of the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) confirmed its approval to sponsor an Annual Highlight Paper (Paper).

2015-2016 is the first year a Highlight Paper will be selected. All practitioners and non-student academics with a minimum of 5 years of space law experience will be eligible; further details of eligibility and process can be obtained from the IISL Secretariat.

The reviewers will be for the first year IISL Publications Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Marietta Benkö and Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, and Directorate of Studies Member Dr. Steven Freeland. In recognition of the approaching 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, the Board selected The Outer Space Treaty 1967-2017 as the subject of the 2015-2016 paper.

Federal Register: Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA), Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and Record of Decision (ROD) for the Houston Spaceport, City of Houston, Harris County, Texas

 

via Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 128 Monday, July 6, 2015.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended NEPA; 42 United States Code 4321 et seq., Council on Environmental Quality NEPA implementing regulations 40 Code of Federal Regulations parts 1500 to 1508, and FAA Order 1050.1E, Change 1, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, the FAA is announcing the availability of the Final EA and FONSI/ROD for the Houston Spaceport.

 

Cybergovernance Reading List (2015-06-18)

Space Law Reading List (2015-06-18)

H.R. 2708: To direct the Director of National Intelligence to conduct a study on cyber attack standards of measurement.

H.R. 2708: To direct the Director of National Intelligence to conduct a study on cyber attack standards of measurement was introduced on June 9, 2015 by Rep. Joe Wilson:

114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2708
To direct the Director of National Intelligence to conduct a study on cyber attack standards of measurement.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 9, 2015
Mr. WILSON of South Carolina introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select)


A BILL
To direct the Director of National Intelligence to conduct a study on cyber attack standards of measurement.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. CYBER ATTACK STANDARDS OF MEASUREMENT STUDY.

    (a) Study Required- The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Secretary of Defense, shall carry out a study to determine appropriate standards that–
      (1) can be used to measure the damage of cyber incidents for the purposes of determining the response to such incidents; and
      (2) include a method for quantifying the damage caused to affected computers, systems, and devices.
    (b) Reports to Congress-
      (1) PRELIMINARY FINDINGS- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of National Intelligence shall provide to the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Homeland Security, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives the initial findings of the study required under subsection (a).
      (2) REPORT- Not later than 360 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of National Intelligence shall submit to the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Homeland Security, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives a report containing the complete findings of such study.
      (3) FORM OF REPORT- The report required by paragraph (2) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may contain a classified annex.

Space Law Reading List (2015-06-15)

Federal Register: Reciprocal Waivers of Claims for Licensed or Permitted Launch and Reentry Activities; Reopening of Comment Period

via Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 114 Monday, June 15, 2015.

SUMMARY: This action reopens the comment period for the regulatory evaluation associated with the FAA’s January 13, 2015 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking NPRM, Reciprocal Waivers of Claims for Licensed or Permitted Launch and Reentry Activities. The FAA has discovered that this regulatory evaluation was not posted to the docket prior to the close of the NPRM’s comment period. Therefore, the FAA is reopening the comment period to allow the public the opportunity to adequately analyze the full regulatory evaluation for the NPRM. The FAA will accept comment on the regulatory evaluation only, and not on the regulatory changes proposed in the NPRM.

 

Cybergovernance Reading List (2015-06-12)

Space Law Reading List (2015-06-12)

Whew!! The end of the spring semester beginning of the summer got hairy.  But hopefully I’m getting back on track.