The International Institute of Space Law’s Annual Galloway Symposium Will be Held in December 2018!


The International Institute of Space Law’s Annual Galloway Symposium brings together speakers and panelists from all over the United States and the world will come together to share their knowledge and thoughts on the pressing issues in space today. The Galloway Symposium will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Cosmos Club at 2121 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.

The University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space, Cyber, and Telecom (SCT) Law Program was selected by NASA to establish the Space Law Network (SLN). As part of this program, SCT leadership, Professor and Co-Director Matt Schaefer and Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton will be offering a special Introduction to Space Law and Careers sessions:

• Tuesday, December 4, 2:30pm to 4:30pm EST at Fish and Richardson (tentative location), 1000 Maine Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20024: Elsbeth Magilton will lead a pre-conference session on Space Law 101 and introduction to the field, as well as some career counseling to help students make the most of their experience at the conference the following day.
• Wednesday, December 5: The Galloway Symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. EST. Matt Schaefer will moderate the symposium’s final session from approximately 4:15PM-5:30PM focusing on our Space Law Network students and space law career tracks. This session will host approximately eight space lawyers who will each give a 3-minute lightning talk (“what I do,” “path I took there,” advice) followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A.

Directly following the conference, the American Society of International Law is hosting their annual Holiday Party and is welcoming Galloway attendees and Space Law Network students to that mixer event after the symposium.

The program will provide law students from across the country with an opportunity to defray the costs of attending both the Introduction to Space Law and Careers session and the Galloway Symposium through a travel grant that will disburse as reimbursement for hotel, rail, and/or airfare. Students in the upper east coast region who are able to take a commuter train are eligible for up to $400, students who reside outside the upper east coast and do not live close enough to take a train into Washington, D.C. are eligible for up to $700, and up to $900 for those in the Pacific Time zone.

Timeline for Applications:

The application will open Monday, October 29. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as we will begin rolling decisions Monday, November 12 as we fill spots to allow students as much time as possible for travel planning. The application portal will close on Monday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Final notifications will go out no later than November 26.

Note, due to conference capacity issues there is not an unlimited amount of local student spots. Please register and you will be informed if there is room to attend. First come first served for local students.

Galloway Symposium Registration:

Students must register separately for Galloway (free). IISL will release that registration soon.


• Student must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this NASA funding. Documentation must be provided at the time of selection.
• Student must be (1) a current law student, or (2) an undergraduate student admitted to a law school for fall 2019, or (3) a current student in a space or government policy undergraduate or graduate program.
• Student must have a demonstrated interest in the field of space law.
• Washington, D.C. area students are encouraged and welcome to attend. They must use the same portal application where there is a field notating they are local students not requesting an award.

Attire: Business Attire is required for this event.


Website. Enter the information into the application here. The quality of the application responses is a major factor in selection. Spend extra time proofreading this document to ensure your essay responses are as complete as possible. Applications will be reviewed and scored with the top-ranked applicants receiving travel grant awards. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

If selected, a travel grant of an amount to be determined will be paid as a reimbursement toward a student’s actual airfare, rail, and/or hotel costs. Reimbursement takes place only after successful completion of the travel and the requirements of the award, including a trip report. Awarded students will need to keep copies of original, itemized receipts in order to be reimbursed. Reimbursement can only be made to the individual who made the purchase; be sure to purchase your own airfare, rail, and hotel. Students cannot be reimbursed for purchases made with gift cards, vouchers, frequent flyer miles, etc. Reimbursements are subject to federal grant and state university policies and procedures.

If you are uncertain if an airfare or hotel cost may not be eligible for reimbursement, please email PRIOR to making the purchase.

Proposal Information for the Application:

• Proposal Title: Your Last Name Galloway DC Space Law 2018 (example: Smith Galloway DC Space Law 2018)
• Start Date: 11/01/18
• End Date: 12/31/18
• Faculty Mentor Information: Michaela Lucas,, (402) 554-2686

For Questions about the Application Process and Portal Contact: Michaela Lucas.

For Questions about ABILA and the Session Curriculum Contact: Elsbeth Magilton.