Michael Dodge, J.D., LL.M.
Director, Graduate Studies
Department of Space Studies
University of North Dakota
J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law
B.A., University of Southern Mississippi
Michael S. Dodge currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota. Prof. Dodge received his LL.M. degree in Aviation & Space Law from McGill University in the Fall of 2011 (thesis: “Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and the GPS-Galileo Agreement”). Before attending McGill, he obtained his J.D. in 2008 from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he was also the first recipient of the Certificate in Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law. He obtained dual degrees in B.S. (in Biological Sciences) and B.A. (in Philosophy) in 2005, from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Prof. Dodge teaches several courses for Space Studies, including Space Politics and Policy (SpSt 560), Space Law (SpSt 565), and Remote Sensing Law and Policy (SpSt 575). These courses include a multitude of historical, political, and legal facets to space activities, and cover subjects such as legal issues in space exploration; regulation, privacy law, and Constitutional concerns surrounding the use of remote sensing technology; licensing and regulatory requirements for space activity; the historical and evolutionary nature of space policy (both nationally and internationally); public international law; and domestic United States legal governance of space activity.
Prof. Dodge’s research has included GNSS law, remote sensing law & regulation, environmental regulation of outer space, concepts of sovereignty and ownership rights in space, and the nexus of remote sensing technology with global humanitarian law and disaster relief law. Future studies include examination of future environmental regulatory structures for orbital space, as well as domestic United States legislation and its relationship with the precept of non-appropriation in outer space, including an analysis of the ownership of celestial resources from potential asteroid mining operations.
- Dodge, Michael S. (2016, November 17). The reporting requirements of the U .S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act: status, analysis, and legal implications. 3rd Annual Space Traffic Management Conference “Emerging Dynamics”. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. November 16-18, 2016. Paper 16.
- Dodge, Michael S. (2016, Spring/Summer). Space industrialisation needs a balanced legal and policy approach. ROOM, The Space Journal. 1(7), 30-33.
- Dodge, Michael S. (2015, November 13). The divergent and evolving legal pathways of future space traffic management collaboration. 2nd Annual Space Traffic Management Conference “An Evolving Landscape”. November 12-13, 2015. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.
- Dodge, Michael S. (2014) Earth observation and the needs of the many: the future structure of international disaster relief law and management. Annals of Air and Space Law vol. 39. Montreal: McGill University Centre for Research on Air & Space Law.
- Dodge, Michael S. (2012). The GPS-Galileo Agreement and treaty law. Journal of Space Law, 38(2), 227-246.
- Dodge, Michael S. (2012). The environmental regulation of space activities: orbital debris mitigation guidelines—international treaty v. voluntarily adopted national guidelines. Asian Journal of Air and Space Law, 2(1).
- Dodge, Michael S. (2010). El derecho del espacio exterior y el futuro de la humanidad. Themis-Revista de Derecho, 58, 227-246.
- Dodge, Michael S. (2010). Review of the book Space law—a treatise by Francis Lyall & Paul B. Larsen. Annals of Air and Space Law. 35(2).
- Dodge, Michael S. (Spring 2009). Sovereignty and the delimitation of airspace: a philosophical and historical survey supported by the resources of the Andrew G. Haley Archive. Journal of Space Law, 35(1)