Gabriel Swiney

Gabriel Swiney

Director, Policy, Advocacy, & International Division
Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Gabriel Swiney is the Director of the Office of Space Commerce’s Policy, Advocacy, and International Division. This division works to understand the space industry’s needs and translate those into U.S. Government laws and policies. The division holds dozens of bilateral and multilateral engagements each year to support the global commercial space industry. Mr. Swiney is also preparing the Department of Commerce to guide and oversee many of the most exciting commercial space activities, such as in-space manufacturing, satellite servicing, and lunar operations.

Mr. Swiney comes to OSC from NASA, where he was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy. While at NASA, he worked on norms of behavior, legal policy, lunar policy, and commercial space laws and policies. He authored a report that now forms the basis of NASA’s lunar policies.

Prior to NASA, Mr. Swiney was an Attorney Adviser in the State Department’s legal bureau. He led the international space law portfolio at State and the U.S. delegation to the COPUOS Legal Subcommittee.

Mr. Swiney was one of the creators of the Artemis Accords and has participated in the negotiation of dozens of space cooperation arrangements and agreements. Before focusing on space issues, Mr. Swiney worked on the use of force, sanctions, and Africa legal issues at State.

He holds law degrees from Harvard and Oxford, has taught space policy and law at Harvard Law School, and has published on a range of issues.

Related Sessions

Space Law and Regulation Track

Monday, April 8, 2024

9:30 am - 5:00 pm