The Space Law, Data and Policy (SPACE LDP) Program is the world’s first interdisciplinary program focused at the nexus of outer space with law, data and policy in global affairs. This nexus animates our core interests in commercial space, cislunar space, geospatial intelligence, space domain awareness, space traffic management, maritime domain awareness, cybersecurity, robotics, AI, and quantum. SPACE LDP operates under the auspices of the Global Business Law Institute (GBLI) at the UW School of Law.

The founding director of SPACE LDP is Saadia M. Pekkanen, the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Professor in International Studies and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. She works at the intersection of international relations and international law, specializing in the commercial, legal and security policies shaping outer space affairs.

SPACE LDP carries out education and training programs, aiming to serve the diverse practical needs of space-interested audiences across universities, businesses, nonprofits, think tanks, foundations, media, defense and foreign policy establishments, and governments worldwide. The goal is to generate and disseminate cutting-edge knowledge to students, researchers, diplomats, practitioners, and other decision-makers interested in understanding the dynamic realities of space law, data and policy affecting all countries.

Through its work, SPACE LDP raises public awareness of space activities that are often rooted in contemporary geopolitics, and promotes a common understanding of challenges to space security, safety, and prosperity.

Education & Training Programs

Our education and training programs are aimed at both UW students and non-UW audiences from corporate, government, defense, nonprofit and philanthropy sectors. We support both public and fee-based programs of varying lengths, some of which can be used to fulfill Continuing Legal Education. These academic and executive education programs are described below.

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SPACE LDP News & Events

The Present and Future of Space Security Space Course: Defense Regulations in the Space Business The Laws of Space Mining Inaugural Space Diplomacy Symposium SPACE LDP Director on the Hague Diplomacy Podcast Register Now: New Space Course Zoom Webinar on Thursday, April 20 2023 Space Course: The Case for Space Stations 2022 Space Course Pt. 2: The Case for Space Domain Awareness A Major Impact 2022 Space Course: The Problem of Orbital Debris