Join us on Wednesday, October 13 at 8:00 PM for a virtual happy hour with Brian Israel, who will talk about space law and other topics.


Since graduating from Berkeley Law in 2009, Brian has served as a State Department official, General Counsel of a venture-backed space company, and Co-founder of a technology startup.

From 2009 to 2017 Brian served in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, with stints representing the United States in international arbitrations and litigation, negotiating and implementing international agreements, “engineering” international cooperation in the Arctic, outer space, and other cold, dark places, and advising the Department’s East Asia and Pacific Bureau. Brian served as head of the United States delegation to the United Nations space law body (2012-16), and co-chair of the Arctic Council’s Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation, an intergovernmental process to design and negotiate a governance framework for the Arctic Ocean (2015-17).

Brian served as General Counsel and Secretary of Planetary Resources, a pioneering space exploration company, from May 2017 through its acquisition by ConsenSys, a blockchain venture studio, in October of 2018. Following the acquisition, Brian co-founded ConsenSys Space, a startup developing open source platforms for global public participation in space endeavors.


Brian Israel was a panelist at the 2019 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law/Dean Rusk International Law Center conference, The Future of Space Governance. He contributed to a panel discussion on what norms govern, or should govern, potential commercial uses such as extraction, tourism, and settlement.  Brian presently serves as Associate General Counsel for International Law at NASA, where he leads the international, national security, and space law practices.


This event is hosted by the International Law Society and co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.

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