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Pamela L. Meredith

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Title: Chair, Space Law Practice Group; Of Counsel
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Practice Areas: Space Law
Education:
McGill University, Air & Space Law Institute (LL.M., 1983); University of Oslo School of Law (J.D. equivalent, 1981)
Admissions: District of Columbia; New York
Phone: 202.625.4890

Pamela L. Meredith advises clients in the following areas: Commercial space project planning and implementation; commercial space transactions; risk management and insurance; licensing and regulation; export controls; dispute resolution; and commercial arbitration.

Ms. Meredith has been an Adjunct Professor of Satellite Communications and Space Law at American University's law school in Washington, D.C. since 1989.

Practice Areas

Contracts. Ms. Meredith advises space clients on transactional matters, including, e.g., space hardware and service procurements, space asset acquisitions, and space joint ventures and alliances. She drafts and negotiates launch services agreements, satellite procurement contracts, and transponder lease agreements, among other space contracts. Ms. Meredith also has provided expert testimony.

Dispute Resolution and Arbitration. Ms. Meredith represents and advises clients in commercial space contract dispute resolution and arbitration.

Insurance. Ms. Meredith advises clients on space project risk management and insurance. She drafts policy language and provides coverage opinions. She advises on space insurance law issues and coverage defense.

U.S. Government Consultation. Ms. Meredith represents U.S. and European clients in consultations with the U.S. government, including the White House, Congress, Department of State, Department of Defense, and NASA, on space-related legislation and policy matters. She also has obtained bilateral space cooperation agreements for foreign governments.

Export. Ms. Meredith advises clients on U.S. government export controls - "ITAR" - including licensing and compliance. She obtains, e.g., DSP-5 licenses and technical assistance agreement (TAA), manufacturing licensing agreement (MLA), and retransfer approvals.

FAA Licensing. Ms. Meredith obtains launch licenses from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and advises on FAA regulatory matters, including rulemakings and compliance. She monitors related Congressional legislative developments. She also has advised the FAA on RLV regulatory approaches. She testified before a Congressional subcommittee on human space flight legislation.

FCC Licensing. Ms. Meredith has assisted or advised on some aspect of most of the major FCC rulemaking and licensing proceedings for communications satellites in the 1980s and 1990s, including fixed satellite service (C-, Ku-, Ka- and V-bands), mobile satellite service (geostationary, "Big LEO" and "Little LEO"), and position-location service. She has also testified as an expert witness in litigation concerning the interpretation of FCC regulations.

Memberships. Ms. Meredith chaired the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' (AIAA) Legal Aspects Committee (2005-2010). She is a member of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), Risk Management Working Group. She is also a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C.

Select Publications

Commercial Space Transportation: Risk, Liability and Insurance, 2009.

The Air & Space Lawyer, 2008, "Space Insurance Law--With a Special Focus on Satellite Launch and In-Orbit Policies."

Journal of Space Law, 1999, "Space Technology Exports: The Current Political Climate" (with Sean P. Fleming). 

Satellite Finance, 1998, "Financing a Communications Satellite Venture: Assessing Regulatory Risk is Key" (with Rachel B. Trinder).

Proceedings of the XXXVII Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 1994, "Damage Caused by Orbital Debris to a Commercial Satellite: Liability Issues Raised by a Hypothetical Case Scenario." 

Cambridge University Press, 1994, "A Legal Regime for Orbital Debris:  Elements of a Multilateral Treaty." 

Proceedings of the XXXV Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 1992, "Spacecraft Motion Management (SMM): Institutional and Legal Frameworks." 

The Air and Space Lawyer, 1992, "Implementing a Telecommunications Satellite Business Concept: The Necessary Legal Steps." 

Proceedings of the XXXIV Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 1991, "Risk Allocation Provisions in Commercial Launch Contracts."

The American University Journal of International Law and Policy, 1991, "Legal Implementation of Space Debris Mitigation Measures."

California Western Law Review, 1990, "Privately-Owned Commercial Telecommunications Satellites: Licensing and Regulation by the Federal Communications Commission" (with Franceska Schroeder). 

Proceedings of the XXXIII Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 1990, "Implementing a Telecommunications Satellite Business Concept: Overview and Relative Timing of Legal Actions." 

Journal of Space Law, 1989, "Status of the 'Patents in Space' Legislation in Congress." 

Proceedings of the XXXII Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 1989, "A Comparative Analysis of United States DomesticLicensing Regimes for Private Commercial Space Activities." 

Journal of International Law, 1986, "The Legality of Launch Vehicle Passage Through Foreign Airspace." 

National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 1986,"Domestic Commercialization of Space:  The Current Political Atmosphere" (co-authored), Nordic.

American Journal of International Law, 1984, "The Legality of a High Technology Missile Defense System: The ABM and the Outer Space Treaties." 

 
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