Andrea Harrington

Adjunct Professor, Space Resources Program
Andrea Harrington

Dr. Andrea Harrington currently serves as the Dean of Space Education at Air University. Prior to her current role, she served as Chair of the Department of Spacepower and Director of the Schriever Space Scholars concentration at Air Command and Staff College, where she is an Associate Professor of Military and Security Studies. She co-directed the Summer Workshop for Teaching Space (SWOTS) which was held in Montgomery, AL in July 2021. Dr. Harrington serves as a member of the editorial board for the McGill Annals of Air and Space Law, New Space Journal, the Space Force Journal, and the American Bar Association publication The Air and Space Lawyer. She is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts. She is also a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and serves on the National Space Society (NSS) President’s Legal Council. Dr. Harrington previously served as the Associate Director of the LLM Program in Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi. She has been Associate Chair for the Policy, Economics, and Law Department for the International Space University’s Space Studies Program, Jr. Project Manager for Secure World Foundation, and researcher on projects for the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation, the International Society for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the Space Security Index.

Programs and Research Centers


  • BA in International Relations and History, Boston University
  • MSc in European Politics and Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • JD, University of Connecticut
  • LLM in Air and Space Law, McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law
  • DCL in Air and Space Law, McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law

Research Interests

  • Space Law and Policy
  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • Treaty Interpretation
  • Science Fiction 


  • International Space Law and Policy (SPRS 506)

Selected Publications

  • Space Insurance and the Law: Maximizing Private Activities in Outer Space Edward Elgar Publishing, ISBN 1839105852 (2021)
  •  “Insurance as Governance for Outer Space Activities” in Astropolitics, Volume 18 Issue 2 (2020)
  • “National and International Security in Space: International Law Implications of Space Force and Planetary Defense” in Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Volume 48 Issue 3 (2020)
  • “Preserving Humanity’s Heritage in Space: 50 Years after Apollo 11 and Beyond” in Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Volume 84 Issue 3 (2019)
  • “Legal and Regulatory Challenges to Leveraging Insurance for Commercial Space” in Journal of Space Law, Volume 41:1 (2017)
  • “Legal Aspects of Solar Power Satellites” co-authored with Ram Jakhu and Diane Howard in Private Law, Public Law, Metalaw and Public Policy in Space: A Liber Amicorum in Honor of Ernst Fasan (Patricia Margaret Sterns & Leslie Tennen, eds.), Springer Publishing, ISBN 3319270850 (2016)