Science and Technology Innovation Program


Brown Bag: International Disasters Charter: Introduction, Initial Issues and Experiences

November 30, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, JD

Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, Director, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi School of Law and Research Professor of Law, will discuss the Charter on Cooperation to Achieve the Coordinated Use of Space Facilities in the Event of Natural or Technological Disasters (Disasters Charter), which provides for the voluntary sharing of satellite imagery in the event of major disasters. Prof. Gabrynowicz will address the contents, structure, and status of the Charter, and highlight its strengths and weakness with a focus on how it could develop in the future. She also will discuss data access and sharing ideas.

This presentation will be followed by an "after action" discussion on access and use of imagery during Hurricane Sandy and other recent disasters.

Date: Friday, November 30, 2012 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Where: 6th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004. Metro: Near Federal Triangle or Metro Center Metros.

Follow the event on Twitter via @STIPCommonsLab and @WomenInAero. Use hashtag #DG2G (Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management).

Brown Bag: Light snacks and beverages will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.

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This event is co-hosted by the Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program in the Woodrow Wilson Center, Women in Aerospace, and the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi School of Law.

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6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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  • Director, National Remote Sense, Air and Space Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law
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Professor Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, JD, 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

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