Andrew G. Haley was a lawyer in the mid-20th century who, through curiosity and will, helped forge the foundations of international space law and policy. He was instrumental in the creation and leadership of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), International Institute of Space Law (IISL), and International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), as well as the American Rocket Society (ARS) (now the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)), often also serving as General Counsel to ensure the success of these institutions, which continue to this day. Aside from the institutions he helped establish, his contributions to the development of space law and policy were extensive, and collected in the publication of his book “Space Law & Government,” published in 1963.

The Haley Project aims to understand and contextualize Andrew G. Haley’s legacy in space law, business, and aeronautics, from his early involvement in radio telecommunications to his strategic reassignment during World War II helping Theodore von Karman to his post-war efforts to establish the current international legal system for space activities. This includes details on his involvement with the formation of the IAF, the IISL, AIAA, and the IAA. Finally, this project will celebrate the  60th anniversary of the publication of his book “Space Law and Government” and summarize his thought leadership on the substantive issues of space law and policy, which were novel in their time, and foundational to space activities today.

A Step into the Future


Hosted by co-creators Chris Hearsey and Nathan Johnson, Stellar Decisis is an animated series examining how courts in the not too distant future might handle disputes in space. 

Each episode will include guest appearances by leading scholars and leaders in the space community who will serve as space court judges to examine and render a verdict in every episode.

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