OBSERVER RESEARCH FOUNDATION, New Delhi, India
Visiting Fellow Dec. 2013 - Present
Co-editing a collaboration of international experts on present multilateral initiatives to develop a new framework for space activities.
Co-ordinating input from more than thirty experts from government, international organisations and the commercial space sector.
Will focus on present UN and non-UN initiatives to develop a soft law framework for space activities, in particular the European Union’s proposed International Code of Conduct for Outer Space.
To be published in March 2013
UNITED NATIONS INSTITUTE FOR DISARMAMENT RESEARCH (UNIDIR), Geneva, Switzerland
Project Manager Sept. 2012 - Nov. 2013
Acting Project Manager for the Emerging Security Threats Programme within UNIDIR for all projects dealing with outer space security.
Project Manager for UNIDIR‘s project on the development on the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities;
Acted as one of principal coordinators for the open-ended consultations on the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, held in Bangkok from 20 to 22 November 2013 and Kiev on 16 and 17 May 2013, facilitating participation of representatives from more than 61 countries to discuss the nature of new voluntary guidelines for worldwide space activities;
Organised and hosted UNIDIR Space Security Conference 2013 - Enhancing Confidence, Ensuring Space Stability, held in Geneva, Switzerland on 2 and 3 April 2013, where global experts provided briefings to members of the Geneva diplomatic community on emerging space security threats and new options to address such issues.
Principal coordinator of four regional seminars on the regional relevance of the development of norms of behavior for space activities, developing themes for the seminars, identifying experts from all over the world for participation and drafting all relevant reports and documentation. The seminars included:
o Ensuring Asia-Pacific’s secure and sustainable use of space: the role of norms of behavior, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 12 December 2013,
o The role of norms of behavior in African space activities, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 6 and 7 March 2013, o Space Equities: the role of the Americas in the building of norms of behavior, held in Mexico City, Mexico on 1and 2 July, and
o Building confidence for Eurasian space activities through norms of behaviour, held in Kazakhstan on 7 and 8
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE UNIFICATION OF PRIVATE LAW (UNIDROIT), Rome, Italy
Associate Officer Mar. 2008 - July 2012
Participated as an Associate Officer of UNIDROIT in the preparation and finalisation of the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Space Assets.
Assistant Executive Secretary during the diplomatic Conference for the formal adoption of the Space Protocol, held in Berlin from 28 February to 9 March 2012, preparing daily reports, drafting relevant memoranda and preparing documentation on outstanding issues, such as default remedies in relation to components and internal transactions;
Drafted and published numerous papers on the regional significance of the development of norms of behavior for space activities, drawing on legal and policy research carried out as part of a global study on norms of behavior and space security.
Provided expert guidance to stakeholders on space security issues such as space debris, weaponisation of outer space and harmful satellite interference.
Developed concept proposals for future project, including work on the application of International Humanitarian Law to outer space and the conflict between the free flow of information versus national sovereignty in a space security context. Organised briefings on space security for emerging space actors, particularly those in the developing world, with a view towards increasing their participation in multilateral initiatives for space activities.
Actively participated in UNIDROIT committees, including three sessions of the Committee of governmental experts, the Steering Committee, the working Sub-committees and the diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the Space Protocol; Primarily conducted legal research concerning commercial space finance and international space law;
Prepared the final text of the Space Protocol, a documentary history and the guide to declarations thereto.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SUPERIOR COURT, PROBATE DIVISION, Washington, D.C., USA
Courtroom Clerk Oct. 2007 - Feb. 2008
As clerk for three Senior Judges, responsibilities involved the administration of probate- and trust-related trials. included:
Judicial Order administration; Court Calendar management; Keeping of the court docket.
UNITED NATIONS, OFFICE FOR OUTER SPACE AFFAIRS (OOSA) , Vienna, Austria
Legal Secretariat Intern, Member of Legal Research Team
Completed an international internship during fifth semester of law school, under the supervision of Mr Sergei Negoda, Legal Officer of OOSA. The experience provided fundamental knowledge of Outer Space Law through first hand experience as well as providing international contacts in Government and the commercial space sector.
Drafted legal and policy documents including:
o Note Verbal presented to the 2007 Legal Subcommittee for the Committee On Peaceful Uses of Outer Space,
o An Analysis of the Delimitation of Outer Space, and
o A CompleteHistoryofNuclearPowerSourceinOuterSpace,which has since been expanded into a full chapter published in 2012 (please see below for list of publications).
Attended space law workshops and committees in Spain, Austria and Ukraine, including the first International Committee of Global Navigation Satellite Systems.
BRIDGE MEDIATION, San Diego, United States of America
Mediation Junior Partner Jan. 2006 - Sept. 2007
Negotiated intellectual property contracts for businesses from Chile and Italy moving to the United States of America; Assisted Italian entrepreneurs in opening new restaurant in San Diego;
Established mediation offices in Brazil and Spain.
PROYECTO A.C.C.E.S.O., CWSL, San Diego, United States of America Program Assistant to Professor James Cooper, Director
Sept. 2005 - Sept. 2007
Special Event Coordinator for an international organization working on human rights development in Latin America; Organized annual symposium on immigration laws in the United States of America;
Developed a multimedia campaign against pirated media to help foreign Governments combat illegal arms trafficking.
CAMARA DE APELACION DE LO PENAL ECONOMICO, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Judicial Extern, Honorable Dr. Edmund Hendler April 2005 - Aug. 2007
Investigated an appeal on an illegal luxury car importation case involving Argentine public figures;
Researched and drafted a judicial recommendation in Spanish; ultimately adopted as the basis for the judicial decision.
“Norms of behaviour, barriers to entry?”, to be published by UNIDIR for a special briefing held in Bangkok on 21 November 2013.
“An analysis of emerging space capabilities in Eurasia and rising security tensions”, published by UNIDIR for the regional seminar held in Kazakhstan in August 2013.
“Seeking comprehensive solutions in space: the role of the Americas in building norms of behavior”, published by UNIDIR for the regional seminar held in Mexico City on 1 and 2 July 2013.
Aug. 2006 - Dec. 2006
“UNIDIR Space Security Conference 2013 - Enhancing Confidence, Ensuring Space Stability: the official report”, published by UNIDIR in June 2013
“A brief overview of norms development in outer space”, published by UNIDIR for a special briefing held in Kiev on 16 May 2013.
“The role of norms of behavior in African space activities”, published by UNIDIR for the regional seminar held in Addis Ababa on 6 and 7 March 2013.
“Norms of behavior: a possible option to maintain the growth of Asian-Pacific space activities”, published by UNIDIR for the regional seminar held in Kuala Lumpur on 12 December 2012;
“The United Nations Principles Relevant to the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space: the significance of a soft law instrument after nearly 20 years in force”, published in “'Soft Law' in Outer Space - The Function of Non-Binding Norms in International Space Law”, edited by Dr. Irmgard Marboe (2012).
“The Preliminary Draft Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on Matters Specific to Space Assets”, International Bar Association – Convergence (October 2009).
“The ‘Common Heritage’ of Outer Space: Equal Benefits for Most of Mankind”, 37 Cal. W. Int’l L. J. 143 (Fall, 2006). “Advances in Sight Prosthetics May be Limited by Medical Coverage”, J. Biolaw & Bus., Vol. 9, No.3 (2006).
Stanford, Martin and Daniel Porras, “Transfer of Ownership under the Space Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Space Assets”, drafted for the symposium organized in Vienna on 19 March 2012 by the International Institute for Space Law and the European Centre for Space Law entitled “Transfer of Ownership of Space Objects: Issues of Responsibility, Liability and Registration”.
Stanford, Martin and Daniel Porras, “The Preliminary Draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Space Assets”, 43 UCC Law Journal (April 2011), pp. 669-686.
Gioccia, Marcello and Daniel Porras, “Completion of the work of the Unidroit Committee of governmental experts for the finalisation of a preliminary draft Space Protocol (fifth session, held in Rome, 21-25 February 2011)”, International Bar Association Banking Law Committee Newsletter, May 2011.
Stanford, Martin and Daniel Porras, “The proposed UNIDROIT Space Assets Protocol to the Cape Town Convention: recent developments”, Space Law - Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, Vol. 10, No. 1 (October 2009).
“Manfred Lachs - The law of outer space: an experience in contemporary law-making - (Tanja Masson-Zwaan / Stephen Hobe (Editors) (2010)”, Unif. L. Rev. 2011-3/4, pp. 966-967.
“Stephan Hobe / Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd / Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Editors), Géraldine M. Goh (Assistant Editor) – Cologne Commentary on Space Law: Volume 1, Outer Space Treaty”, Unif. L. Rev 2010-2, Vol. XV, pp. 613-614.
“Futron’s 2010 Space Competitiveness Index: A comparative analysis of how countries invest in and benefit from the space industry”, Unif. L. Rev 2010-2, pp. 615-616.
“Francis Lyall - Paul B. Larsen - Space Law, A Treatise”, Unif. L. Rev 2009-3/4, pp. 773-776.
Stanford, Martin, “The draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Space Assets on the brink of adoption”, to be published by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 2012.
Stanford, Martin, “The preliminary Draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Space Assets”, presented at the United Nations/Thailand workshop on space law: “Activities of States in Outer Space in light of new developments: meeting international responsibilities and establishing national legal and policy frameworks”, jointly organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, the Government of Thailand and the European Space Agency and hosted by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency), held in Bangkok, 16-19 November 2010.
CALIFORNIA STATE BAR, San Diego, California, United States of America
Admitted to California Bar since 2008.
BOARD FOR SPACE SECURITY ISSUES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS
Admitted to Board in 2012.
Elected Executive Secretary in 2013.
THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SPACE LAW (IISL), Paris, France
Admitted to IISL in October 2010.
SPACE GENERATION ADVISORY COUNCIL, Vienna, Austria
Regional Coordinator, North, Central America and Caribbean
Acted as Regional Coordinator for North, Central America and the Caribbean.
ENGLISH: fluent speaker, fluent writer
SPANISH: fluent speaker, moderate-level writer ITALIAN: fluentspeaker, beginning-level writer FRENCH: moderate-level speaker, moderate-level writer
CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW, San Diego, California, USA Juris Doctor,
Baylor University Varsity Rowing Team, Lightweight eight-man crew and coxswain, Fall 2000 - Fall 2003
Master Electrician: Beginning in high school and continuing through university, I was involved with theatre lighting for all types of theatrical performances including concerts, plays, operas and award ceremonies. Most recently I participated in a four-star production of Mr. Kolpert, produced by the New Symposium Theatre Company, at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Baylor University Rock Climbing Club, Co-Founder and Staff, Spring 2001-Spring 2004: trained as a rock climbing guide and first-response rescuer for mountain conditions. Led rock climbing tours throughout Texas, Colorado and California.
Appeared as an actor in four Baylor Theatre productions, including Angels in America, Galileo and The Interview.
(available upon request)
Gafford Mock Criminal Trial Competition, Finalist, Spring 2007
Moot Court Honors Board, Member, Spring 2006 - Spring 2007
International Law Society, Vice President, Fall 2005 - Spring 2006 Distinguished Advocate Award for 1st Place in Trial Competition - Spring 2005
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, Waco, Texas, USA Bachelor of Arts in Political Science,
Grad. April 2007
Grad. Dec. 2003
Concentration on international politics and political history
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