The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has appointed Mark J. Sundahl to the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. The Committee advises the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, regarding regulations governing private space activity. Mark has served as Of Counsel to the firm since 2007. In addition to focusing on Space Law matters, he advises clients on international business transactions and export controls, including the EAR and the ITAR. Mark is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Administration at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Mark is a leading expert on the law of outer space, focusing on the business, legal and policy issues arising from private space activity. He has lectured around the world on Space Law and his writings have appeared in leading academic journals. He recently completed a term as Assistant Secretary of the International Institute of Space Law headquartered in Paris, and was a member of the working group charged with drafting a new international treaty on the finance of satellites and other space assets — the UNIDROIT Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment.
Mark Sundahl, Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Jon P. Yormick Co. LPA, served as the co-coordinator of the 55th Annual Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space earlier this month in Naples, Italy. This Colloquium involves leading experts in the field of space law who delivered more than 60 papers in five sessions. The topics included the commercial use of outer space, the application of public international law to space activities, and the use in court of evidence derived from satellite systems.
Mark presented a paper at the Colloquium on the intersection of existing space law with the provision of the newly adopted Space Assets Protocol to the Cape Town Convention which governs asset-backed finance of satellites and other space assets.