Alum Takes Students on Venture into Outer Space Law

International Space Station, Nasa
Alum Takes Students on Venture into Outer Space Law
International Space Station photographed from Space Shuttle Discovery April 17 2010 (NASA)
February 28, 2018
Hartford, CT

Steve Mirmina ’92 JD will lecture at the UConn School of Law this Friday on his field of expertise – space law. In addition to working full-time in that area the Milford, Connecticut, native teaches part-time at Georgetown University.

Because of weather and transportation issues, the live video stream of the introductory lecture on Space Law by Professor Steven Mirmina has been canceled. The on-campus sessions of this class -- for enrolled students only -- will meet as scheduled: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How long has space law been in existence?

Space law is among the newest and most cutting-edge areas of law. Prior to the launch of Sputnik in 1957, there was no need for space law, so it only has been around for 60 years or so. Space law is one of the only areas of law where there are consistently new questions that have no precise precedents.

Two weeks ago, for instance, a private individual launched his personal race car on his own privately owned rocket into outer space. There is no specific law on point about that; in other words, it was not an activity specifically contemplated by the drafters of the Outer Space Treaty in 1967. Space law practitioners need to examine the applicable treaties for general principles, and then interpret and apply them to current situations.

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