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von der Dunk, Frans

Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni / Othmer Professor of Space Law Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law LL.M. Program
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law
Phone: 
402-472-1240

Research Interests: 

Aviation Law, European Union Law, International Law, Space, Cyber, & Telecommunications Law

Education: 
  • Ph.D., Modern History, 1986, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Ph.D., International Space Laws, 1998, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
Honors and Awards: 
  • Honourable Mention, Space Essay Contest, World Bar Association, Englewood (Colorado), May 1995.
  • Distinguished Service Award of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Vancouver, October 2004.
  • Honorary Professor, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, 2004- .
  • Social Science Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Valencia, October 2006.
  • Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni / Othmer Chair of Space Law, Lincoln, 2008- .
  • 2015 Social Science Book Award, International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), for the Handbook of Space Law, Jerusalem, October 2015.
Professional Memberships: 
  • Netherlands’ Society for International Law (NVIR), The Hague
  • American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), New York
  • International Law Association (ILA), London
  • European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), Paris (Board Member)
  • International Institute of Space Law (IISL) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Paris (Director)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Washington (Senior Member)
  • Centro de Investigacion y Difusion Aeronautico-Espacial (CIDA-E), Montevideo (Corresponding Member)
  • International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Paris
  • European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN) of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), Vienna
  • International Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC), International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
Selected Publications: 
  • Billion-dollar questions? Legal aspects of commercial space activities,  Uniform Law Review (2018), 1-29.
  • Private Property Rights and the Public Interest in Exploration of Outer Space,  13(2) Biological Theory – Integrating Development, Evolution and Cognition (2018), 142-151.
  • Asteroid Mining: International and National Legal Aspects,  26 Michigan State International Law Review (2018), 83-101.
  • The Second African National Space Law – The Nigerian NASRDA Act and the Draft Regulations on Licensing and Supervision,  in Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2016 (IISL)(2017), 547-59.
  • Customary International Law and Outer Space,   in Reexamining Customary International Law (Ed. B.D. Lepard)(2017), 346-73.
  • The true meaning of the Treaty of Lisbon in the Context of European Regional Cooperation in Outer Space, Chapter 3,  in Global Perspectives on Regional Cooperation in Space: Policies, Governance & Legal Tools (IAA)(2017), 107-19.
  • Space Law and GNSS – A look at the legal frameworks for “outer space”,  12-3 Inside GNSS (May/June 2017), 36-41.
  • Transfer of Ownership in Orbit: from Fiction to Problem,  in Ownership of Satellites (Eds. M. Hofmann & A. Loukakis)(2017), 27-43.
  • The European Union and the Outer Space Treaty: Will the Twain Ever Meet?,  in 50 Years of the Outer Space Treaty – Tracing the Journey (Ed. A. Lele)(2017), 75-90.
  • Effective Exercise of ‘In-Space Jurisdiction’: The US Approach and the Problems it is Facing,  40 Journal of Space Law (2015-2016), 147-85.
  • Space Traffic Management: A Challenge of Cosmic Proportions,  in Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2015 (IISL)(2016), 385-96.
  • Shaking the Foundations of the Law: Some Legal Issues Posed by a Detection of Extra-Terrestrial Life,  in The Ethics of Space Exploration (Eds. J.S.J. Schwartz & ‎T. Milligan)(2016), 251-63.
  • Liability for Damage Caused by Small Satellites - a non-issue?,  Small Satellites - Regulatory Challenges and Changes (2016)
  • Legal Aspects of Satellite Communications - A Mini Handbook,  4 Journal of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Law (2015)
  • The US Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015,  JURIST, 30 November 2015
  • Legal aspects of navigation - The cases for privacy and liability: An introduction for non-lawyers,  11-5 Coordinates (May 2015)
  • The 'Space Side' to 'Harmful Interference' - Evaluating Regulatory Instruments in Addressing Interference Issues in the Context of Satellite Communications,  Harmful Interference in Regulatory Perspective (2015)
  • About the New PCA Rules and their Application to Satellite Communication Disputes,  Dispute Settlement in the Area of Space Communication (2015)
  • International space law  Handbook of Space Law, (2015)
  • European space law  Handbook of Space Law, (2015)
  • International organizations in space law  Handbook of Space Law, (2015)
  • Legal aspects of satellite communications  Handbook of Space Law, (2015)
  • Legal aspects of private manned spaceflight  Handbook of Space Law, (2015)
  • International trade aspects of space services  Handbook of Space Law, (2015)
  • About the New PCA Rules and their Application to Satellite Communications Disputes  Dispute Settlement in the Area of Space Communication, (2015)
  • Law in Space  Elgar Publishing (2015)
  • Federal versus State: Private Commercial Spaceflight Operator Immunity Regulation in the United States  Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2013 (2014)
  • Legal aspects of using space-derived geospatial information for emergency response, with particular reference to the Charter on Space and Major Disasters.  Geoinformation. Law and Practice (2014)