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Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz

Gabrynowicz teaches United States and international space law and remote sensing law. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law and has served on a number of U.S. federal and international advisory panels and committees regarding remote sensing law and policy.

Prof. Gabrynowicz is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration Advisory Group of Legal Experts on Optional Rules for Arbitration for Disputes Relating to Outer Space, the Hague and serves as an official observer for the International Astronautical Federation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Legal Subcommittee.  She was the organizer and chair of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive. She publishes extensively and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. In 2003, she briefed Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton on satellite data law and policy. In 1999, the International Institute of Space Law invited Prof. Gabrynowicz to present the remote sensing law position paper at the Third U.N. Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III). In 2001, she was awarded the Outstanding International Award by Women in Aerospace. In 2008, Prof. Gabrynowicz  was the 10th Alan R. Sommerfeld Lecturer in Information Operations and Space Operations sponsored by the International and Operational Law Department of the Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army.

Prof. Gabrynowicz was invited by the National Research Council to serve as the legal expert for its study, Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA’s Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs. She briefed Frank A. Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Space and Defense Policy, U.S. Department of State on the study’s legal aspects.