Houston, TX 77005
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
On Campus | Alumni
As many nations explore the utilization of space, the issue of a country’s liability for its space activities becomes critical. Current agreements were decided via treaties in the 1960’s and 70’s, but they focus on nation-to-nation liability. As private space companies become more prevalent, liability issues are becoming necessarily more complex. In 1988, Congress addressed some issues relevant to commercial space operators, but the relationship between spaceflight participants and would-be commercial human space operators was left open. States have attempted to fill the void, but politics and policy quickly interjected. The ways risk, liability, and indemnification are distributed is steeped in national notions of personal responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit, support for the industry, and questions of social cost, as well as political and financial clout. All of these factors contribute to the current space law landscape in the U.S. In this talk, I will illuminate this legal landscape and how it impacts the developing commercial space industry.
Bio: Prof. Carminati is a trial attorney at Berg & Androphy, where she practices qui tam, commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. She obtained her JD from the University of Houston Law Center and her LLM in Space, Cyber & Telecommunications Law from the University of Nebraska Law School. Carminati recently became Adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. She has published articles about the regulation and licensing of commercial space in a variety of publications, such as Acta Astronautica, the Aerospace Medical Association's Blue Journal and Air & Space Lawyer. She co-authored the ABA Best Seller, The Laws of Spaceflight: A Guidebook for Newspace Lawyers. Carminati is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and an officer of the North American Round for the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.
Reception at 6:30-7:00 p.m. at the Martel Hall, Duncan Hall Bldg.