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Dr. Frans G. von der Dunk

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Professor of Space Law

College of Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Employment History

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  • Ph.D.
  • Doctorate , Space Law
    Universiteit Leiden
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Management | Abundant Planet, 8 Jan 2015 [cached]
Frans von der Dunk, Ph.D.
Frans von der Dunk
Dr. Frans von der Dunk is a Professor of Space Law in the College of Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to his appointment at UNL, Dr. von der Dunk was the first co-director, and then director, of space law research at the International Institute of Air and Space Law, at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Dr. von der Dunk has written more than 130 articles on space law, many of which are available online. He is the General Editor of Brill's Studies in Space Law, and is a member of the Space Policy editorial board. He is also a member of the International Law Association, and the boards of the European Centre for Space Law and the International Institute of Space Law. He is the founder of Black Holes, which offers space law consulting services.
"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.
News | Abundant Planet [cached]
The first, Near-Earth Objects: Risks, Responses and Opportunities - Legal Aspects, was organized by our newest Advisor, Professor Frans von der Dunk, and was held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (23-24 April). This was followed by the 1st IAA Planetary Defense Conference, sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics, the European Space Agency, and more than a dozen other organizations, including Rusty Schweickart's B612 Foundation. The conference was held in Granada, Spain (27-30 April). Both conferences raised awareness regarding NEOs, and our capacity to interact with them.
20 April 2009 Dr. Frans von der Dunk joins our Board of Advisors.
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'.
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