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UNL: 10th Annual Nebraska-Lincoln Space and Cyber Law Conference
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The first panel will discuss the new U.S. legislation, The 2015 Commercial Space Act, and developments abroad, and reactions and plans internationally and domestically. The afternoon keynote and panel session will focus on national security cyberspace, with a special emphasis on targeting issues in the national security arena.

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Where: UNL College of Law
1875 N 42nd St
Lincoln, Nebraska  68503
United States

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10th Annual Nebraska-Lincoln Space and Cyber Law Conference

The 10th Annual Nebraska-Lincoln Space and Cyber Law Conference & STRATCOM Leadership Fellows Training Session will be held at the University of Nebraska Law College, Hamann Auditorium, on April 6, 2016. The first panel will discuss the new U.S. legislation, The 2015 Commercial Space Act, and developments abroad, and reactions and plans internationally and domestically. The afternoon keynote and panel session will focus on national security cyberspace, with a special emphasis on targeting issues in the national security arena. 


9:30 AM -10:00 AM                   Registration & Coffee
10:00 AM                                  Welcome – Interim Dean Richard Moberly & Dir. Matthew Schaefer

Morning Focus: Commercial Space Law

10:15 AM                               Panel:  Commercial Space Law - The New US Legislation, Developments Abroad, and Reactions and Plans Internationally and Domestically
                                              Professor Frans von der Dunk, UNL Law College
                                              Professor & Dir. Matthew Schaefer, UNL Law College

11:45 AM-1:00 PM                  Networking Lunch

Afternoon Focus: National Security Cyberspace

1:00 PM                                 Afternoon Keynote: Vicki Belleau, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, US Cyber Command

2:00 PM-3:45 PM                  Panel: National Security Cyberspace – Targeting
                                              Vicki Belleau, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, US Cyber Command
                                              Professor Jack Beard, UNL Law College
                                              Jamil Jaffer, Adjunct Professor, George Mason Univ. & Former Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
                                              Lt. Christopher Fletcher, STRATCOM
                                              Commentator: Professor Gus Hurwitz, UNL Law College

3:45 Close Conference - Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton 


Jack Beard:
Professor Jack Beard joined the law faculty in May 2011. Before coming to Nebraska, he was a member of the faculty at the UCLA School of Law. He previously served as the Associate Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) in the Department of Defense where he was responsible for a variety of legal matters, including those associated with arms control agreements, defense cooperation and basing agreements in the Middle East region, and programs assisting states of the former Soviet Union in the dismantlement of weapons of mass destruction and other nonproliferation activities. In this capacity, he served as the senior lawyer on numerous U.S. delegations negotiating international agreements related to a wide range of U.S. military operations and activities. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army Reserve (Retired) and served as the Chief, International Law Section, International and Operational Law Division, Office of The Judge Advocate General. For his work as a consultant on international legal issues for the Department of Defense, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2013. Professor Beard was voted Professor of the Year by the graduating class of 2008 at the UCLA School of Law, presented the Excellence in Teaching Award by the graduating class of 2003 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and received the Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award at the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001. Professor Beard teaches National Security Law, Arms Control and Human Rights and International Criminal Law.  He also teaches courses as a faculty member in the Space, Cyber and Telecom Law Program, including Cyber Warfare and National Security Space Law. His research interests and scholarship focus on the international legal implications of modern military technologies. Some of Professor Beard’s recent works have explored international legal issues raised by remotely controlled weapon systems and the nature of new conflicts in cyberspace. His latest article, in the Georgetown University Journal of International Law, is entitled “Autonomous Weapons and Human Responsibilities.” 

Gus Hurwitz
Professor Justin (Gus) Hurwitz joined the College of Law faculty in 2013. His work builds on his background in law, technology, and economics to consider the interface between law and technology and the role of regulation in high-tech industries. He has a particular expertise in telecommunications law and technology. Professor Hurwitz previously was the inaugural Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC), prior to which he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at George Mason University Law School. From 2007–2010 he was a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division in the Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section. Professor Hurwitz has a background in technology having worked at Los Alamos National Lab and interned at the Naval Research Lab prior to law school. During this time his work was recognized by organizations such as the Federal Laboratory Consortium, R&D Magazine, Los Alamos National Lab, IEEE & ACM, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California. In addition, he held an Internet2 Land Speed World Record with the Guinness Book of World Records. Professor Hurwitz received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an articles editor on the Chicago Journal of International Law and received Olin and MVP2 law and economics scholarships. He also holds an MA in Economics from George Mason University. He received his BA from St. John’s College.

Matthew Schaefer
Professor Schaefer is a frequent speaker on current topics in space law across the country, including at the University of Michigan Law School, Fordham Law School, Columbia Law School, New York University Law School, University of California-Irvine Law School, University of Southern California Law School, Emory University Law School, and University of Florida Law School.  Just in the past year, Professor Schaefer has moderated, presented and/or participated on panels at eight major national or international conferences - the IAA Heads of Space Agency Summit 2014, AIAA Space 2014, 30th National Space Sympoisum 2014, ABILA International Law Weekend 2013, 8th IISL Eileen Galloway Symposium 2013, 7th Annual UNL DC Space Law Conference 2013, Newspace 2014, and 65th International Astronautical Congress 2014.  He taught what is believe to be the first combined course in space and cyber law at a US law school during the Summer of 2012 at the University of San Diego law school and taught a course in commercial space law at Washington University Law School in St. Louis in September 2014. He has presented on space law topics internationally, including at the European Center for Space Law in Paris, the Annual Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space sponsored by the International Institute of Space Law (in Glasgow, Scotland, Naples, Italy, and Toronto, Canada). Space law is one major thread of Professor Schaefer’s scholarship. He is the author a 40-page white paper on commercial space liability issues that was circulated among Congress, the White House, NASA, as well as industry, and that was the focus of the program’s 6th Annual Washington, DC conference in November 2013. A revised version of the article is being published in Berkeley Journal of International Law in early 2015.  His article on space debris presented to the IISL in Naples in 2012 drew interest from the Japanese Space Agency and NASA. Professor Schaefer has appeared on FOX News (national) TV and been quoted in and the New Scientist on commercial space law topics. Professor Schaefer is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A.) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, L.L.M. in international law, S.J.D.). During his law studies, he received the William W. Bishop, Jr. Award for performance with distinction in the field of international law and also served an externship at the U.S. State Department-Office of the Legal Advisor. He studied at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia under a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Professor Schaefer is a former term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations and also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Academic Outreach Advisory Board. He serves on the board of editors of the Journal of International Economic Law, and also served previously on the advisory board of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute. In his role as co-chair of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) Space Law Committee, he organized, moderated and presented on a panel on “Regulating and Incentivizing New Commercial Space Markets” at the International Law Weekend – Midwest (at Washington Univ. in St. Louis Law School) and organized, moderated and presented on a panel on “Complexities of Regulating the Space Domain by Analogy to Other Domains’ Legal Regimes” at the International Law Weekend (at Fordham University Law School) during the Fall 2013 semester. Professor Schaefer is also member of space law committee of International Law Association as well as a member of the International Institute of Space Law.

Frans von der Dunk
Prof. Von der Dunk was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in Vancouver, in October 2004, and the Social Science Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in Valencia, in October 2006. In the summer of 2008, he was nominated, as the first lawyer ever, Member of the European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) of the European Space Foundation (ESF). Also, he was the sole lawyer on the Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation established by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) in 2007. He defended his dissertation on "Private Enterprise and Public Interest in the European 'Spacescape'" in 1998. He has written more than 130 articles and published papers, many of which can be accessed at, giving rise to hundreds of full-text downloads monthly. He has given more than 180 presentations at international meetings and was visiting professor at over 30 foreign universities and other academic institutions across the world on subjects of international and national space law and policy, international air law and public international law. He has (co)organised some 20 international symposia, workshops and other events, and has been (co)editor of a number of publications and proceedings. As of 2006, he is the Series Editor of 'Studies in Space Law', published by Brill. In addition, he has given a range of interviews to the international media on issues of space law and policy. Prof. Von der Dunk has served as adviser to the Dutch Government, several foreign Governments, the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA), the United Nations (UN), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Dutch National Aerospace Agency (NIVR), the Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA), the German Space Agency (DLR), the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), as well as a number of companies, and was member of the Advisory Group to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the drafting of Optional Rules for Arbitration of Disputes relating to Outer Space. Such advisory work dealt with a broad area of issues related to space activities, such as space policy, international cooperation in space, national space law, privatisation of space activities, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) (in particular Galileo), satellite communications, radio astronomy, and earth observation. Also, he has acted as the Legal Task Manager in a number of studies undertaken in particular within the context of leading European Commission projects, such as on European space policy, Galileo and GNSS, satellite communications, the Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security (GMES) project and earth observation. Much of his recent work furthermore focused on such topical issues as space tourism, the legal status of the Moon and other celestial bodies and the 'sale-of- lunar-estate hoax', and planetary protection. He is Director Public Relations of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Member of the Board of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), and Member for the Netherlands in the International Law Association's (ILA) Committee on Space Law. He is also Member of the International Editorial Board of 'Space Policy'. Further memberships include: International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), International Bar Association's (IBA) Section on Business Law (SBL), Committee Z on Outer Space Law, International Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC) of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA; Senior Member), and Centro de Investigacion y Difusion Aeronautico-Espacial (CIDA-E; Corresponding Member). He is also the owner of Black Holes B.V., a consultancy company for space law and policy.

Jamil Jaffer
Jamil N. Jaffer currently serves as an Adjunct Professor and Director of the Homeland and National Security Law Program at the George Mason University School of Law where, among other things, he co-teaches classes on surveillance law, cybersecurity law, and national security law. He also serves as the Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, a startup technology. Immediately prior to joining IronNet, Mr. Jaffer served as the Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Mr. Jaffer served as a law clerk to Judge Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Jaffer also worked as a policy aide to Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and on a number of political campaigns. Mr. Jaffer holds degrees from UCLA (B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1998), the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. with honors, 2003), and the United States Naval War College (M.A. with distinction, 2006). While in law school, Mr. Jaffer served as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law, and National Symposium Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Vicki Belleau: 
U.S. Airforce JAG Corp: Deputy Staff Judge Advocate Cyber 2014- Present
Cyber Operations Law Attorney 2013- 2014
Staff Judge Advocate (AD) 910 AW & 911 AW 2011-2013
Chief of Cyber Operations Law 2009-2011
Appellate Defense Counsel 2005-2008
Area Defense Counsel-Minot AFB Assistant Staff Judge Advocate

Lt. Christopher Fletcher of STRATCOM does not have an available bio.


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