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Operator Liability Under U.S. Law for Claims by Crew and Spaceflight Participants

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Produced on August 20, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Advanced
Topics covered in this course: Aviation

Course Description

This course addresses the seismic change in U.S. space law that took place in 2015 when the Federal Government created federal jurisdiction for space disputes and mandated a federal cross-waiver. This change raised significant and unresolved pre-emption, choice of law, and forum shopping issues.

Join attorney Maria-Vittoria Carminati for this unique course that addresses these issues by identifying analytical frameworks and possible outcomes. The course also includes a review of federal law, state law, and international law (where relevant).  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Dissect the contents of the 2015 Competitiveness Act
  2. Identify and applying the pre-emption issues raised by the Act
  3. Analyze the interplay between state and federal choice of law rules
  4. Address the jurisdictional gaps created by the FAA's partial jurisdiction over space activities

Credit Information

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Giugi Carminati


Giugi Carminati is a litigator and intersectional feminist advocate. She is a human and civil rights attorney at NDH, LLC. She practices in state and federal courts and is licensed in Texas, New York, DC, and Colorado. She brings firm but compassionate legal advocacy for her clients. She speaks French, English, Italian and Spanish.


Carol M.

Enthusiastic presenter.

Richard C.

This was an excellent program. I only deal with a small piece of this "pie", but the presenter did a wonderful job of showing how the whole pie is put together. I recommend this program for anyone involved ... in any way ... with the spaceflight business.

Cody D.

Very obscure part of law, but preemption principles were extremely helpful.

Gary S.

The presenter was very insightful.

Bradford B.

Great. Would love more spacelaw CLEs

Kristin C.

Great perspective on how space law is developing!

Chris K.

This is one of the best Lawline seminars ever! Unique and terrific discussion of various preemption/conflict of laws issues even if your practice does not involve the particular laws/statues at issue in the seminar.

Linda W.

This was one of the most interesting Law Line courses I have every taken. Ms Carminati is very knowledgeable, and an excellent speaker.

Elizabeth A.

Great instructor! I signed up for this class not having any idea about the topic and she was clear, interesting, and easy to follow.

Shaun E.

great presenter

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