an Explore Mars Event

May 17-19, 2022

The George Washington University

Washington D.C.


Brian Israel

NASA HQ | Associate General Counsel for International Law

Brian Israel is the Associate General Counsel for International Law at NASA, where he leads the international, national security and space law practices. Prior to joining NASA Brian served as General Counsel of Planetary Resources and co-founded ConsenSys Space. 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 COPUOS Legal Subcommittee (2012-16), and teaches Space Law at Berkeley Law.