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Fall 2014
5397 Law and the Commercial Space Industry - CARMINATI- 25375

Professor(s): Maria-Vittoria  Carminati (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Business and Commercial Law 
International Law

Time: 6:00p-7:30p  TTH  Location: 113  BLB

Course Outline: This course satisfies the UHLC practice skills requirement. Satellite and commercial space transportation companies manage liability exposure at the international, national, and state level. Their ability to do so hinges on leveraging available government-sponsored indemnification, insurance coverage, and contractual waivers, while taking full advantage of the statutory and common law protections available to limit their liability. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about UN treaties currently governing state-to-state relationships, federal law governing licensing and regulation of commercial space entities, state laws attempting to limit liability for spaceflight entities, and the way in which the US Government has contracted private companies to meet its space transportation needs. Students will also learn about insurance coverage available to, and obtained by, satellite and commercial space transportation companies. This course will also provide an understanding of the satellite and commercial space industries generally, including an overview of the regulation and licensing of telecommunications and commercial space endeavors such as Boeing, Lockheed Space Systems, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, XCor, and Bigelow, among others. The course will also provide a foundation in the technological aspects of the satellite and commercial space transportation industries to generate a well-rounded understanding of the subject matter. Students will be expected to produce several written assignments throughout the semester. There will be no final exam.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Quota= 12


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This course will have:
Exam: No

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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Course Materials (4/1/2014 8:51:48 AM)

Book(s) Required

Professor will also assign readings available online or that professor will hand out to supplement the book.