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Dr. Frans G. von der Dunk

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Professor of Space Law

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Local Address:  Nebraska , United States
University of Nebraska
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Employment History

  • Director and Treasurer
    International Institute of Space Law
  • Professor of Space Law
    University of Nebraska, College of Law
  • Professor of Space Law
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln , College of Law

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D.
  • Doctorate , Space Law
    Universiteit Leiden
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Web References
"This is a big deal," said ..., 12 Nov 2014 [cached]
"This is a big deal," said Frans von der Dunk, an internationally recognized space law expert and faculty member in the University of Nebraska's Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program.
"It is the first time a space agency has successfully landed on a small asteroid or comet-type of celestial body," he said. The Rosetta mission was led by the multinational European Space Agency, with a consortium of partners that includes NASA.
Von der Dunk said long-debated questions about the legal status of celestial bodies and who holds the rights to harvest natural resources from such a body now have moved from the theoretical to reality.
Von der Dunk, who divides his time between his native Netherlands and Lincoln, was to appear Nov. 12 on the Dutch public radio program De Kennis van Nu (Knowledge Now) to discuss the Philae landing.
As an intergovernmental organization, the European Space Agency is a public body. Yet the successful landing on a comet makes it more imperative that the international community resolve how to handle commercial mining of materials found on comets and asteroids, as well as the potential for near-Earth objects to threaten the Earth, he said.
Dr. Frans von der Dunk, 27 Oct 2012 [cached]
Dr. Frans von der Dunk
He also is Director of the recently established Black Holes BV, Consultancy in space law and policy, based in Leiden, Holland. Previously, he was Co-Director, then Director of Space Law Research at the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University since 1990. Dr. Von der Dunk was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), in October 2004, and the Social Science Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in October 2006. He has written well over 100 articles and published papers, has given more than 100 presentations at international meetings and was visiting professor at some 25 foreign universities across the world on subjects of international and national space law and policy, international air law and public international law. Dr. Von der Dunk has served as adviser to the Dutch Government, the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA), the United Nations (UN), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Dutch National Aerospace Agency (NIVR), the German Space Agency (DLR), the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Such advisory work dealt with a broad area of issues related to space activities, such as space policy, national space law, privatisation of space activities, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), satellite communications, radio astronomy, and earth observation. He is Director and Treasurer of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Member of the Board of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), and Member for the Netherlands in the International Law Association's (ILA) Committee on Space Law. He is also Member of the International Editorial Board of 'Space Policy'.
IISL News, 28 Oct 2008 [cached]
To ensure a smooth transition Professor Hobe will actually take over responsibilities from the current Treasurer, Professor Dr Frans von der Dunk, at the beginning of the next financial year, 1 January 2009.
Professor von der Dunk, who currently holds the Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni / Othmer Chair of Space Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been IISL Treasurer since his election to the IISL Board in Rio de Janeiro in 2000. He has overviewed the streamlining of the membership fee invoicing as well as the transition of the IISL to a more formal legal status, recently culminating in its establishment as an independent international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) under Dutch law in the Netherlands. Professor von der Dunk will continue to act as Director of Public Relations, and as such remain Member of the Board.
Reporter's Notebook: From the World Wide Web to the Moon, 26 Dec 2003 [cached]
"It's either a hollow claim or a fraud," Frans Von Der Dunk, co-director of the International Institute for Air and Space Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands, told CNN. According to Von Der Dunk, the 1967 U.N. treaty, by forbidding nations from appropriating territory in space, essentially prevents individuals from doing the same.
The treaty said space "was to remain just like the high seas, free for use by all," he said.
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