Professor Johnson is the Space Law Advisor at the Secure World Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that works with governments, industry, international organizations, and civil society to develop and promote ideas and actions for the peaceful and sustainable uses of outer space. As the resident legal expert at Secure World, he engages with stakeholders including governments, international organizations, space agencies, private industry, academia, civil society, and the media. Professor Johnson also participates in various international legal and diplomatic fora, including the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

Professor Johnson has worked in the space industry for eight years, including time spent at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) in Vienna, Austria; in the Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.; and in the Legal Department of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Paris, France. Professor Johnson is also adjunct faculty at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and chairs the Space Policy, Economics, and Law Department at ISU’s Space Studies Program.

Professor Johnson received an Advanced LL.M. in Air and Space Law from the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, Netherlands, and a Masters in Science in Space Business and Management from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. His J.D. degree is from New York Law School, and his B.A. in literature with concentrations in philosophy and sociology is from Michigan State University.

Professor Johnson is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C. and the State of New York, and is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales.