“Space Lawyers are Go,” according to this 2008 article on the io9 website. The University of Mississippi School of Law, which graduated the first “space lawyer” in 2008, also tracks aerospace focused legal issues on its popular Res Communis blog.


A Growing Legal Framework for Commerical Space

One of the core requirements for commercial business to thrive is the creation of a suitable legal infrastructure. Without this infrastructure, the civil and criminal court systems, even the ones made fun of by Dewey “Pigmeat” Martin in his classic song “Here Comes the Judge,” are simply unable to function in their intended role of adjudicating between the various business stakeholders or anyone else who might come into contact with the business or its activities.

That’s why the January 2nd, 2013 Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) press release announcing that “The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds the Passage of a Government Risk-Sharing Regime Extension for the Space Launch Industry” is noteworthy.

In essence, it’s a case study on the reasons why space advocates and businesses need to understand the legal issues surrounding space activities and maintain the ability to advocate for the appropriate regulations.

Read more: Commercial Space: A Growing Legal Framework for Commerical Space.

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