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Steven A. Mirmina


Senior Attorney, International Law, NASA Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Brandeis; J.D., University of Connecticut; LL.M., Leiden University; LL.M., Georgetown

Professor Mirmina has worked as an attorney at NASA since 1999 in the International Law division of the Office of the General Counsel. Professor Mirmina...

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Professor Mirmina has worked as an attorney at NASA since 1999 in the International Law division of the Office of the General Counsel. Professor Mirmina has helped negotiate and conclude more than 500 international agreements for missions across all NASA Mission Directorates, including activities ranging from human space flight and Mars exploration, to Earth science missions and aeronautics research.

From 2008 through 2009, Professor Mirmina served as Lead Counsel for NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate, which oversees various NASA programs, including the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Astronaut corps. Additionally, Professor Mirmina is also the lead attorney for NASA's telecommunications issues, including use of radiofrequency spectrum, the Deep Space Network, and the TDRSS satellite system.

Before joining NASA, he was an associate in the Aviation Law practice group of Crowell & Moring.

Professor Mirmina received his first LL.M. degree with honors from Leiden University Faculty of Law in the Netherlands in 1993, and his second LL.M. with honors from Georgetown in 2006. He received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1992, and his B.A. with honors from Brandeis University in 1989.

Professor Mirmina has spoken widely and authored numerous articles in the fields of international air and space law. He has received awards from both NASA and the White House for exceptional and distinguished service to the government. Professor Mirmina is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., and he is a member of Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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"Space Law 2.0," coverage by NPR's Life of the Law, November 24, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Steven Mirmina.

"No Fly Zone: Council Members Push Helicopter, Drone Regulations," Gotham Gazette, August 7, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Steven Mirmina.

"The Battle for Space," coverage in Slate, December 24, 2014, featuring Adjunct Professor Steven Mirmina.

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"Space Law 2.0," coverage by NPR's Life of the Law, November 24, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Steven Mirmina.

"No Fly Zone: Council Members Push Helicopter, Drone Regulations," Gotham Gazette, August 7, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Steven Mirmina.

"The Battle for Space," coverage in Slate, December 24, 2014, featuring Adjunct Professor Steven Mirmina.

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