Dr. P.J. Blount (Ph.D., Global Affairs, Rutgers University, 2016; M.S., Global Affairs, Rutgers University, 2015; LL.M., Public International Law, King’s College London, 2007; J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law, 2006; B.A./A.B.J., University of Georgia, 2002) is a Postdoctoral Researcher in space and communication law at the University of Luxembourg. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the LL.M. in the Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law and in the Department of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University. In Fall of 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Beijing Institute of Technology School of Law. Blount’s primary research areas are legal issues related to space security and cyberspace governance. He has published and presented widely on the topic of space security law and has given expert testimony on space traffic management before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Space. Blount serves as the co-editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the IISL, and he was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law and a member of the State Bar of Georgia in the United States.
Christopher D. Johnson
Mr. Johnson is the Space Law Advisor at the Secure World Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that works with governments, industry, international organizations, and civil society to develop and promote ideas and actions for the peaceful and sustainable uses of outer space. As the resident legal expert at Secure World, he engages with stakeholders including governments, international organizations, space agencies, private industry, academia, civil society, and the media. Mr. Johnson is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and an Adjunct Faculty member of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Mr. Johnson is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C. and the State of New York, and is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales.
Rebekah Rounds is a Maryland and California-licensed attorney whose principal practice focuses on domestic and international space law and policy. Before graduating with her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law in 2014, Rebekah served as a legal fellow for the then-Chairman of the Space Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Steven Palazzo. Under Chairman Palazzo, Rebekah researched international and domestic space law, space law issues related to Federal Acquisition Regulations and Space Act Agreements, and various legal issues pertaining to NASA Reauthorization, commercial space policy, and liability and indemnity regimes for private space launch actors. In 2017 Rebekah published her paper “The Intersection of U.S. Space Policy Goals and National Security Needs: An Argument for a Regulatory Regime Oversight Commission That Balances Space-Related Policy Interests” in the Journal of Space Law. In 2018 she graduated with her LL.M. in Air and Space Law from the University of Mississippi. Rebekah is a Member of the Board of Directors at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in North Carolina. She serves on the Space Committee of the ABA’s Forum of Air and Space.
Daniel Porras is currently the Space Security Fellow at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). His work focuses on political/legal issues surrounding space security and, in particular, the progressive development of sustainable norms of behaviour for space. He conducts research on emerging technology threats to strategic stability in the outer space theatre and makes recommendations on possible paths towards space stability. Mr Porras is the resident technical expert for multiple UN bodies working on space security issues, including the Conference on Disarmament and the Group of Governmental Experts on Further Measures for the prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space. He also advises governments, academia and commercial actors on security related issues such as the development of counterspace technology and the application of international law to space activities. He holds an LLM in International Economics Law from the Georgetown University Law Center, as well a JD from the California Western School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Baylor University.
Charles Stotler is the Associate Director of the University of Mississippi School of Law Program in Air and Space Law. He teaches courses on air and space law, serves as faculty advisor for theses and for student participation in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, and provides editorial assistance to the Journal of Space Law. Charles also supports the work of Aviation Advocacy, a Swiss-based consultancy. He focusses on technologies that push policy and regulatory boundaries, such as unmanned aircraft systems, airspace integration and use of space applications in the air transport industry. He advises clients on compliance issues and regularly contributes to industry trade publications. Charles holds a Master of Laws in Air and Space Law from McGill University and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where he studied both common and civil law systems and earned a Certificate of International Legal Studies. He was called to the California bar in 2010 and New York bar in 2011.
Christopher J. Newman
Christopher J. Newman is Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University, the United Kindgom. He was previously Reader in Law at the University of Sunderland. He has been active in the teaching and research of space law for a number of years and has worked with academics from other disciplines examining the legal, political, and ethical aspects of space exploration. Newman has made numerous appearances on British radio and television in relation to space law matters. He is a full member of the International Institute of Space Law and is also a member of the European Centre for Space Law.
Laetitia is currently on the UNIDIR Graduate and Professional Programme and affiliated with UNIDIR’s Weapons of Mass Destruction and Other Strategic Weapons Programme. Her primary research areas are legal and political issues related to space safety, security, stability and sustainability. Prior to joining UNIDIR, she worked in the space industry, specifically in telecommunications. Before that, she had the opportunity to support the work of national governments as part of her course in Space and SatCom Law. She holds an LLM in Space, Communications and Media Law from the University of Luxembourg, a Master 2 in Transportation and Air Law from the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole, and a Master 1 in Business Law from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Thomas Gangale has a BS in aerospace engineering, an MA in international relations, and a JSD in space, cyber, and telecommunications law. As a US Air Force officer, he provided contract and technical management on the Gambit and Hexagon satellite programs as well as for payloads on the STS-4 and STS-39 missions. He has written technical papers pertaining to human missions to Mars, and articles on the use of time maps for use in project management and space history. He has also written law journal articles refuting the technical bases for the Bogota Declaration and the von Karman line, as well as asserting the legality of extraterrestrial resource extraction for profit. He is the author of four published books.
Anja Nakarada Pecujlic
Anja is a PhD candidate at the University of Cologne, writing her thesis in space law on the topic “Exploring legal mechanisms for the development of new space law binding norms – transcending the stalemate”. In addition, since December 2017 she is the Project Manager for a European Space Agency (ESA)/Cologne University joint project: “ESA Convention Commentary”. Her tasks encompass scientific research, organization of the project milestones and supervision of the whole writing and reviewing process. Prior to that, from 2014 to 2016, she was an External Consultant of the European Space Policy Institute, Vienna, Austria. From 2009 until 2014 she studied at the Law Faculty, University of Vienna, where she specialized in international law with the main focus on international space law. Subsequently, she continued to conduct space legal research and participated as a speaker in several international Conferences and published various articles in esteemed journals, chapters in books and her first edited book "Promoting Productive Cooperation between Space Lawyers and Engineers" by IGY Global. Furthermore, she founded “Serbian Case for Space Foundation” in Belgrade, Serbia with the aim to engage Serbia in the space domain.