Prof. Steve Mirmina currently teaches a graduate seminar on Space Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He has authored over a dozen articles in academic and peer-reviewed law journals, including the American Journal of International Law, the Chicago Journal of International Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law, the University of Connecticut Journal of International Law, the Journal of Space Law, the Air & Space Lawyer (Kluwer), and the Journal of Air Law & Commerce. He has edited over half a dozen academic books on issues of international air and space law and has lectured and taught across the world.
In addition, Prof. Mirmina has served as an attorney since 1999 within the International Law Division of NASA’s Office of the General Counsel. He has helped negotiate and conclude more than 500 international agreements for missions across all NASA Mission Directorates, including activities ranging from human space flight and Mars exploration, to Earth science missions and aeronautics research. From 2008 through 2009, Prof. Mirmina served as Lead Counsel for NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate, which oversees various NASA programs, including the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Astronaut corps. He is also the lead attorney for NASA's telecommunications issues, including use of radiofrequency spectrum, the Deep Space Network, and the TDRSS satellite system. Prof. Mirmina has received awards from both NASA and the White House for exceptional and distinguished service to the government. He is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., and he is a member of Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Prior to joining NASA, Prof. Mirmina worked as an associate in the Aviation Law practice group of the law firm Crowell & Moring. He also spent four years carrying out academic research and consulting with the Air & Space Law Institute of Leiden University.
Prof. Mirmina received his first LL.M. degree with honors from Leiden University Faculty of Law in the Netherlands in 1993, and his second LL.M. with honors from Georgetown in 2006. He received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1992, and his B.A. with honors from Brandeis University in 1989. He is a member of Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.