On Saturday, November 14, at the invitation of School of Arts History alum Nathaniel “Nate” Celeski, Dr. Karl Leib traveled to Oxford, MS to speak with the Ole Miss Space Law Society, a formally recognized club at the University of Mississippi School of Law. The Society seeks to build relationships among individuals interested in air and space law who are connected to the Law School. The Society offers its members, and the Law School student body at large, exposure to contemporary issues in air and space law, and opportunities to meet professionals specializing in air and/or space law through regular meetings, social events, and educational opportunities.
“I joined the Ole Miss Space Law Society,” Celeski said, “because I gained an interest in space politics when taking Dr. Leib’s Honors class Political History of the Space Age. I’ve always had a curiosity about space and astronomy in particular, so his class piqued my interest. Dr. Leib’s energy and curiosity for the subject really struck a chord with us fellow space geeks,” Celeski stated, “so he was the most fitting scholar I could think of to do us the honor of being our first guest speaker at our very first event.”
Dr. Leib’s speaking engagement took place on the historic Oxford Square at the Growler, a local craft beer bar. In his talk, Dr. Leib established a basic foundation of space law knowledge, explored intriguing questions policy makers are facing, and will be facing in the not-so-distant future, regarding international space politics.
Dr. Leib reports, “More players are becoming active in space and activities such as tourism and mining are on the horizon. More countries, and more private actors, are developing space programs. International law for space must change to meet these new realities in order to promote commercial space activities and to avoid conflicting national or private claims to space-based resources.”
Celeski said, “I took his class around the same time I decided to take the LSAT and see if law school would be a good plan for me. As it turns out, Ole Miss offers a certificate program in Air Sensing and Space Law, so I plan to earn that certificate while working on my JD over the next two years. Upon graduating, I intend to pursue space law in some capacity, as it is an increasingly necessary field in a growing industry.”
Lastly, Nate wants everyone to know that “Dr. Leib did fantastic, and we were incredibly fortunate to have him come down! I’ve certainly missed him and everyone back home!”