UNL Receives $250K NASA Space Law Program Grant

Sept. 24, 2018, 2:40 a.m. ·

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has received a $250,000 grant from NASA for a Space Law pilot program in order to build a network of students, faculty and practitioners interested in space law around the nation.

Space laws help regulate what countries can and cannot do when it comes to regulations and policies regarding space and space travel. The 1967 Outer Space Treaty regulates all space laws.

Elsbeth Magilton, executive director of the University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program says Nebraska’s program is unlike any other.

“We are the only program in the country, and really, I think, the world, that specializes in the intersection between space, cyber and telecommunications. And then also we have a national security and defense element to our program, that I think makes it particularly unique for students who are interested in space security,” Magilton said.

The grant will allow the Space Law Network to fund a variety of internships at NASA and bring students from all over the U.S. to national conferences to learn from leading scholars.