Drone Federalism: Civilian Drones and the Things They Carry

24 May 2013 02:48pm Margot E. Kaminski 

The regulation of domestic drone use has been the subject of much media attention.  In addition to how much domestic drones should be regulated, scholars and policymakers are debating a more complex question, which is who should regulate drones. In this Essay, Margot Kaminski, Executive Director of the Yale Information Society Project,  suggests that civilian drone use should be regulated by states rather than the federal government. She argues that because civilian drone use implicates privacy issues that states have previously regulated through statutes and common-law torts, and because there is a tension between privacy and First Amendment concerns that states will navigate better than the federal government, state law should - at least for now - be the primary means of governing civilian drone overflights.    

Book Review of The Laws of Spaceflight: A Guidebook for New Space Lawyers

20 May 2013 09:23pm Glenn Harlan Reynolds 

In this Book Review, Professor Glenn H. Reynolds looks to both the past and the future of space law. Drawing from his experience co-authoring one of the first comprehensive legal texts on outer-space law and legal issues, Professor Reynolds provides an expert's evaluation of The Laws of Spaceflight: A Guidebook for New Space Lawyers.    


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