Meet the Research Team

2018 Researchers

Kiran Nair

Wing Commander Kiran Krishnan Nair (Ret’d) has been the Joint Director Operations (Space) with the Government of India for the past fifteen years. Academically he is a BSc (Physics), MSc (Geo-Informatics), MPhil (International Relations), LLB, and is presently pursuing his LLM in Air and Space Law at McGill University. He has been on numerous national and international space projects and commissions of the Government of India. He has presented and published widely and his publications include four books, twelve international peer reviewed journal articles and numerous articles in Indian journals, press reports and magazines.

Lachlan Blake

Institution: University of Adelaide

Lachlan is a fourth year law student at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He has experience in the areas of international law and international relations, with a specific interest in space and its regulation.

Cody Knipfer

Cody is a second-year Masters student at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute, where he studies the civil, commercial, and national security space policies of the world’s space powers. He has considerable experience in the space policy community, having worked for a space policy consultancy, two aerospace trade associations – the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and Aerospace Industries Association – and several space advocacy non-profits. He currently serves as a legislative aide in the United States’ House of Representatives, where he handles national defense and foreign policy issues. A frequent author on topics in space policy, his work has been featured in a number of academic, trade, and popular publications.

Chris Beauregard 

Chris is a second-year graduate student at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where his research interests include space policy and commercial activity. In 2017, he served as a program management intern at the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, a visiting scholar at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, Austria, staff assistant to Dr. Scott Pace at the Space Policy Institute. He is currently working with United Launch Alliance’s Washington Operations Team as a government affairs intern, assisting GW’s Micropropulsion and Nanotechnology Lab with regulatory compliance for the launch of the University’s first satellite, GW-Sat, and is the manager for the Space Generation Advisory Council’s SGx Conference in Washington, DC.

Frankie Murphy 

I am completing a graduate pathway law degree, having completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Management in 2006. My interest lies with International Law, and I hope to complete my studies next year. I currently work as a paralegal at a community legal practice which serves women who have experienced domestic violence.

Claire Wilhelm 

Claire is a graduate student at the George Washington University, studying International Science and Technology Policy with a concentration in Space Policy. She also completed her undergraduate education at GW in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. When not studying, Claire works as a government contractor in Washington, DC.

Jamil Castillo 

Jamil started her air law career working as a lawyer for the civil aviation authority of the Dominican Republic. Moved by her interest in air law and research, she published her article Evolution of the International Legal Framework for the Regulation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in a Dominican law journal. Jamil has also taught public air law to aspiring air traffic controllers and aviation management students. Her experience in air law, combined with her interest in space law, motivated her to attend McGill University, where she is enrolled in the Master of Laws in Air and Space program. Her interest in outer space has since grown, inspiring her to be engaged in the advancement of the field.

Julia Selman-Ayetey 

Julia is presently a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Air and Space Law, McGill University. Her current research interests are: the avoidance of space-related disputes, arbitration, and the space law/policy of the UK and developing nations. Julia is called to the Bar of England and Wales, where she was formerly an advisor to the government through her membership of the National DNA Database Ethics Group. She is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is also called to the Bar in Ghana.