Wilson Center Experts
Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz
Prof. Gabrynowicz teaches space law and remote sensing law and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law. She is an official observer for the International Institute of Space Law to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Legal Subcommittee. She was a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) delegation to the Unidroit Committee of Governmental Experts for the Preparation of a Draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Space Assets and a delegate to the Group on Earth Observations. The UN Office of Outer Space Affairs invited Prof. Gabrynowicz to lecture on space law at all of its capacity building workshops for government officials and policymakers from developing nations. She briefed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gayle Norton as part of the Secretary's preparation for the Earth Observation Summit. Prof. Gabrynowicz also briefed Deputy Assistant Secretary Frank A. Rose of the U.S. Department of State on the legal aspects of orbital debris. She is currently a member of the Dept. of the Interior's National Geospatial Advisory Committee; NASA's Planetary Protection Subcommittee; and, the Permanent Court of Arbitration Advisory Group of Legal Experts on Optional Rules for Arbitration for Disputes Relating to Outer Space, The Hague. She previously served on the National Academy of Sciences Study on Assessment of NASA's Orbital Debris Programs; the Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing; the Eisenhower Institute study, The Future of Space-the Next Strategic Frontier; and, was the organizer and chair of the Dept. of the Interior's Federal Advisory Committee for the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive.