Space Mining Legal Task Force

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Julie Pradel, Ph.D. in International Law
Senior Researcher / TF Chairperson

Julie Pradel holds a Master 2 degree in International Economic Law and of an LL.M in International Law from Stetson University College of Law (Florida), obtained both with honors. She opted for a Ph.D. in International Law specialized in Space Law, fascinated by this expanding field. Her aspiration is to work as an international space lawyer. As she is passionate about Space Law, Julie Pradel has a wide range of interests on the topic. Her preferences are about New Space and all of the consequences it brings. Especially with regards to recent national laws on space resources, ongoing international discussions, property, and sovereignty issues.

Antonino Salmeri, Ph.D. in Space Law
Senior Researcher

Antonino Salmeri is a doctoral researcher in Space Law at the University of Luxembourg, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. on enforcement challenges of space mining regulations under the supervision of Prof. Mahulena Hofmann and the support of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) (PRIDE17/12251371). Within the space community, Mr. Salmeri is Lead of both the E.A.G.L.E. Action Team on Lunar Governance and the Space Exploration Project Group for Space Generation Advisory Council, SSP19 graduate of the International Space University and member of the International Institute of Space Law.

Petr Bohacek
Senior Researcher

Petr Bohacek is a research fellow in space policy, mainly focusing on space security, planetary defense, and space mining. He is also one of the co-authors of the Nobel laureate-endorsed Peaceful Use of Lasers in Space (PULS) initiative that aims to initiate a global and inclusive discussion about the development governance of lasers in space. For the last three years, he has been part of a research team, where he was tasked with identifying new opportunities for the Czech space industry and academia as well as developing space policy recommendations for the Czech government. Petr is also the 2020-2021 Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute. As a research fellow at the Association of International Affairs, he has published several papers on space policy and security.

Petr has worked as an intelligence and security analyst in the public and private sectors, founded the European Security Journal, before moving into the space sector and academia. He has a BA in Political Science and International Studies from St. Norbert College (US), followed by MA in Security Studies at Charles University (Czech Republic) and an ongoing Ph.D. study at the Charles University, focused on the global governance of planetary defense.




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