Joanne Wheeler is one of the leading experts in the field of satellites, having worked at both Ofcom and the European Space Agency, and for over 20 years in private legal practice in this area. She specialises in communications, satellite and space regulatory and policy matters together with all forms of commercial contracts and public–private partnerships. She was awarded an MBE for services to the UK space industry in 2017. She is ranked in Tier 1 in legal directories for her satellite and communications regulatory and commercial contracts expertise.
She won the Financial Times European Legal Innovator of the Year Award in 2014 for her work with the UK space industry and government in drafting and changing satellite-related legislation. She was also nominated as lawyer of the year in the UK in 2017. She is the co-founder and chair of the Satellite Finance Network (www.satellitefinancenetwork.org) and writes a column for the international satellite industry journal Via Satellite. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society, a trustee of the National Space Centre and chair of the steering board of the National Space Academy.
The Space Law Review is a practical overview of the legal and regulatory frameworks governing space and satellite activities across key jurisdictions worldwide. With a focus on the most salient recent developments in this fast-evolving sector, it analyses the distinctive features of the law and commercial practice in each jurisdiction and looks at potential future trends.