Private Missions to Cis-Lunar Space in the Context of International Law


Private Missions to Cis-Lunar Space in the Context of International Law

About the Speaker

Dr. Andrea Harrington is currently the Associate Director of the LLM Program in Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi, where she is responsible for teaching International Space Law, Remote Sensing Law, U.S. Domestic Space Law, U.S. Domestic Aviation Law, and Private International Air Law. Dr. Harrington serves as the Faculty Advisor to the university’s Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition team and Space Law Society. She also serves as the Executive Editor of the Journal of Space Law and as a member of the editorial board for the American Bar Association publication The Air and Space Lawyer. She is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Dr. Harrington is also the Associate Chair of the Policy, Economics, and Law department for the International Space University’s 2018 Summer Studies Program and has served as the Teaching Associate in the same department in 2016. She has been Assistant Editor for the Annals of Air and Space Law, Jr. Project Manager for Secure World Foundation, and researcher on projects for the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation, the International Society for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the Space Security Index.

Dr. Harrington was an Erin J.C. Arsenault Fellow in Space Governance at the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL), where her doctoral research focused on insurance and liability issues for the commercial space industry. Dr. Harrington holds a DCL and LLM from the McGill IASL, as well as a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Boston University. Prior to transitioning to air and space law, she was active in the insurance and financial compliance fields.



The Outer Space Treaty celebrated its 50th birthday last year. This foundational document for international space law was created during a time when government actors conducted most space activities and when projections of space technology to come greatly differed from the reality of space technology today. Thus, this presentation analyzes the international legal regime with specific focus on private cis-Lunar activities, including treaties and “soft law” pledges, identifying gaps and issues that could hinder the development of such activities. This presentation also provides options moving forward for international and domestic legal and policy developments to support a viable and sustainable private cis-Lunar space industry.


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Grand Forks, ND

Private Missions to Cis-Lunar Space in the Context of International Law