Bringing together legal experts, academics, doctors, scientists, and artists to drive change across the final frontier.

Our Team

The Jus Ad Astra Team is comprised of several research directors focused on analyzing and expanding upon the core areas of the law which exist in the intersection between human rights and outer space. This includes:

1. Economic, Social and Cultural Law

2. Environmental Law

3. Law of War/Conflict

4. Rule of Law

5. Property Law

 6. Health Law

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Jonathan Lim

Project Co-Lead
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EJ Wise

Project Co-Lead

Jonathan Lim is an Australian lawyer, geopolitical analyst, and cyber security analyst.  He holds a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, and works as a Solicitor at WiseLaw. His specialization spans cyberwarfare, cyber security, Chinese foreign policy, Australian foreign policy, and international space law.

He has worked with the Australia Korea Business Council, Horizon Intelligence, and at the National Information Society Agency – advancing Australia’s interests within the Australia-Korea bilateral relationship, monitoring and reporting on the state of economic and political developments across East Asia, and advising on South Korea’s engagement with China in the context of the 4IR and ICT affairs.

He is a Young Leader with Pacific Forum, prior East Asia Fellow with Young Australians in International Affairs, and is the Special Advisor to the SGAC Space & Cybersecurity Project Group.  As a space lawyer he has contributed his perspectives on space legal and policy affairs with the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Room - The Space Journal, and to the Australian government under Australia's 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.

EJ is Principal at Wise Law in Melbourne, providing specific and assured cyber law advice to law firms and legal professionals. Specialising in cyber law, privacy, technology, cyber stocktake, cyber risk assessment and cyber education.

Prior to working in private practice, EJ had 25 years legal experience in Australian Federal and State Government, specialising in cyber law, policy, advice, international law, administrative & criminal law and is an internationally recognised cyber law expert. EJ’s passion for cyber began in 1987 studying computer programming as part of an undergraduate Applied Science degree.

Having lectured on space law issues at McGill University, and with years working as in-house cyber legal counsel to the Royal Australian Air Force’s cyber squadron and the United States Air Force’s "Operational, International & Cyber Law" in the Pentagon, EJ is an internationally renowned speaker in cyber law, international space law, and the law of technology.

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AJ Link

Research Director - Economic, Social and Cultural Law
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Hugh Mason

Research Director - Environmental Law
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Deepika Jey

Research Director - Law of War/Conflict

AJ Link studied law at The George Washington University Law School. His studies focused extensively on disability law, international human rights, and space law. AJ has been actively involved with disability advocacy in the Washington, DC area and nationally within the United States.

While at GW, he chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Assembly for the Student Association. He also founded the Atypical Student Society and currently serve as its inaugural president.

AJ was also the president of the GW Law Space Law Society. He helped form the Law School Disability Advocacy Coalition and serves on several advisory boards that focus on disability advocacy and justice.  

Hugh has undertaken studies in mechanical engineering and physics, software engineering, in addition to breadth subjects in commerce.

Hugh has professional experience as an electronics technician assembling and soldering PCBs for use in mining, railway and off-road vehicle applications. He possesses several years experience working as a laboratory technician at Agribio, the Centre for AgriBioscience undertaking diagnostic tests on plant and animal samples. He currently sits on the board of advisors of a newly formed foundation working within the mental health space.

Hugh possesses a high degree of interest in space, technology, and space-technology; especially in the fields of decentralisation, open-source initiatives and futurology.

Deepika Jeyakodi is a Commercial Contracts Manager at an aerospace company in the Netherlands.

She holds an Advanced LL.M. in Air and Space Law from the Leiden University, an LL.M in International Law and Indian Constitutional Law from the Madras University, a diploma in IP laws and a B.A.,B.L (Hons) from the TNDALU in Chennai-India, and attended the ISU's SSP in 2018.

She is the co-founder of a human rights-based NGO in India, and practised law at the Madras High Court prior to moving to the Netherlands. She recently co-authored a book on innovation strategy. 

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Mark Peterson

Research Director - Property Law
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Dr. Rowena Christiansen

Research Director - Health Law
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Andrew Butler

Legal Advisor

Mark Peterson is an American legal scholar and geopolitical analyst. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College. His specialties include public international law, space, and cybersecurity.

Prior to embarking on a legal career, Mark served for seven years in the United States Navy, specializing in geopolitics, threat warning, and capacity development. His assignments include support to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, where he worked to improve multilateral relationships with partner nations, and provided analysis on strategic trends in Southeast Asia. 

Dr Rowena Christiansen is dual-qualified in both medicine and law. She teaches in the University of Melbourne Medical School and practises as a critical care educator and pre-hospital emergency doctor.

Her diverse qualifications include an MBA and BA Honours, with post-graduate studies in aviation medicine, space studies (ISU-SHSSP16), disaster health and emergency management, paediatrics, obstetrics, and education. She is passionate about space medicine, and in early 2020 founded the “ad astra vita” project and space health consultancy.

Rowena holds a number of pro bono senior positions within space and aerospace associations and other community organisations. She is a strong human rights advocate, particularly in the area of public health.

Andrew is a Canadian Barrister and Solicitor, Australian Lawyer and Australian Registered Migration Agent. His research focus is the forthcoming intersection of international migration law and international space law governing the future human settlement of outer space. His recent publication, 'Freedom of Movement in Outer Space as an Individual Human Right', can be found in volume 42 of the Annals of Air and Space Law.

He has completed a Master of Research from Macquarie University examining the Outer Space Treaty from an international migration law perspective, as well as the Strategic Space Law Program at McGill University. In addition to his Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne, he also holds two Master of Laws degrees and Graduate Certificates in both Migration Law and Space Studies.

As an alumnus of the International Space University's (ISU) Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP), Andrew has served as academic staff on multiple ISU programs. These include as Associate Chair (SSP19 Strasbourg, SHSSP18 Adelaide) and as a Teaching Associate (SSP17 Cork). 

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Hardam Tripathi

Legal Advisor
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Danielle Pocock

Legal Advisor
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Justin Diamond

Research Assistant

Attorney Hardam Tripathi exclusively practices U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law and is the Founding Attorney at Trip Law, P.A. Tripathi earned his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University where he served as an Associate Editor on the Homeland and National Security Law Review focusing on geopolitical issues.

Prior to launching his own law practice, Tripathi worked as a Rule of Law professional with the U.S. Department of State and as a Law Clerk with the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps, where he found his passion for the intersection of law and space. Tripathi devotes a significant amount of time encouraging best practices with respect to Sustainable Development Goals within the UN framework for various legal and policy issues, and has regularly met with members of Congress to advocate for the authorization of higher levels of funding for appropriations related to various initiatives. 

Danielle Pocock studied law at The University of Chicago Law School, focusing on the criminal justice system, immigration, international human rights, and national security. Before entering the legal field, she studied finance and politics at Rutgers Business School and the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

While in law school, Danielle clerked for state prosecutors in Massachusetts and California, focusing specifically on special victims crimes. She also volunteered for the International Refugee Assistance Project and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Clinic.

She also serves on the Center for Air and Space Law Task Force on Inclusion and Equity in Aerospace at the University of Mississippi School of Law.  

Justin Diamond studies international affairs, economics, and philosophy at the George Washington University. As an undergraduate student, Justin has prepared for a future in the field of international law, and takes a particular interest in the jurisprudence of space. Justin hopes to contribute to mankind by laying the legal groundwork for positive human development in Outer Space.

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Theodore Nastase

Legal Advisor
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Theo is a Law graduate from The George Washington University Law School, and William Cranch Fellow at the Office of DC Council member Robert White.  He is a New York native, having grown up in NYC before moving to Philadelphia and Washington DC for college and law school. 

Theo is a passionate advocate for criminal justice reform in the United States. As a space enthusiast, Theo believes deeply in the sanctity of life and humanity, and seeks to explore how these values and principles may be recognized and protected across the final frontier. 

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