Dr. George S. Robinson

Dr. George S. Robinson is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, where he majored in biology and chemistry. He holds an LL.B. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and an LL.M. and Doctor of Civil Laws degrees from McGill University’s Graduate Law Faculty, Montreal, Canada. For twenty-five years, Dr. Robinson served as legal counsel at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he enjoyed an exceptionally broad law practice relating primarily to domestic and international science research activities, business law, and publications law. Before that, he served as an international relations specialist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he was Desk Officer for developing collaborative research and educational programs with Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, and Pakistan. He also served as legal counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration. Dr. Robinson has authored over 100 articles and books on a broad range of subjects, including public and private international law relating to space activities, space commerce, and aviation law; science/technology law, maritime law and policies relating to oceanography and limnology research; law relating to conservation of land, critical habitats, and animal and plant species; terrestrial and oceanographic environmental law, and business law. Upon leaving the Smithsonian Institution in 1995, Dr. Robinson established with his sons and daughter-in-law the firm of Robinson & Associates Law Offices, P.C. (now Robinson and Robinson, LLC), a domestic and international law practice with offices in Virginia and Maryland. The practice has addressed, among other issues, matters of law relating to corporations and non-profit organizations, education, employment, intellectual property, collaborative research and attendant agreements, mergers and acquisitions, managed health care, and space commerce. Dr. Robinson has taught and lectured in law and business relating to space commerce at numerous universities in the United States and abroad, including among others George Mason University, St. Peter’s College/Oxford University, McGill University, George Washington University, and Georgetown University. He serves on the boards of directors of various science research facilities, foundations, and hospitals. He also has consulted for the National Research Council, the Smithsonian Institution, the Maritime-Aerospace Liaison Project of the Maine Maritime Academy, the Aerospace Technology Working Group, and NASA, where served over twenty years until recently on the Planetary Protection Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC).

Broadcast 2681 Dr. George Robinson

Guest:  Dr. George Robinson;  Topics:  Human space migration as an imperative and why.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.com.   Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 1312 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. George Robinson. Topics: the Biology of Space Law and commercial space management. Dr. George Robinson was our guest for this two hour program centered around his paper, "Quantum Physics and the Biology of Space Law: The Interstitial Glue of Global Support for Space Migration and a Proposed Commercial Management Infrastructure." If after hearing this program you would like a copy of this paper, please email your request to me. In our first segment, Dr.

Broadcast 861 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. George Robinson. Dr. George Robinson returned to The Space Show to discuss the topic of his new paper, "Public Space Law, The Practitioner, And The Private Entrepreneur: Distinguishing What 'Ought To Be' From What Is." Dr. Robinson said there were several important areas of space law which need to be examined by both domestic and international lawyers before the VSE can be fully implemented. These areas include ITAR, difficulties with the U.N.

Broadcast 499 (Special Edition)

Dr. George Robinson was the special guest for this Space Show program. We began the interview talking about space commerce and issues of concern for start-up businesses. Dr. Robinson focused in on protecting intellectual property (IP), even from government workers in specific agencies. This is a must discussion as IP may be the determining value asset for the start-up for investors. We also talked at length about space property rights, even who owns the Moon. We talked in detail about the Outer Space Treaty (OST) and learned that the treaty provisions are not-self-executing.

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