While there may or may not be a “New Space Race,” what is certain is that space systems--including GPS, telecommunications, and the launch industry that supports them--are critical to our national economy and to national security. This session will consider the evolution and regulation of space activities and how space law interacts with national security.
Christopher J. Borgen is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at St. John’s University School of Law. His areas of teaching include International Law, National Security and the Law, Space Law, International Environmental Law, and International Finance, among other courses. His research considers the role of international law in addressing political and military conflicts and his scholarship has been published in the Chicago Journal of International Law, the German Yearbook of International Law, International Law Studies, the Yale Journal of International Law, and in other journals and volumes. Among other professional activities, he has served Co-Rapporteur for the International Law Association's Committee on Recognition and Non-Recognition in International Law, was the principal author of Legal Aspects of the Separatist Crisis in Moldova, a report issued by the New York City Bar, and is currently a “core expert” for the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations. He was a co-founder of the international law blog Opinio Juris and, previously, the Director of Research and Outreach at the American Society of International Law. Earlier in his career, he had been an associate in a law firm in New York City and, prior to that, a law clerk for a federal magistrate judge. He received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
John Geiringer, the Regulatory Section Leader of the Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group, is a nationally recognized banking attorney who advises financial institutions on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters. He also serves as a founding co-director of the Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law) at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches classes on banking, national security, and the Holocaust. Among his other publications, John is the editor of, and contributor to, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, recently published by the American Bar Association, and is the co-editor of an upcoming treatise on legal issues surrounding the Holocaust.
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