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Gabriel Swiney

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2022

Gabriel Swiney
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Gabriel Swiney is a Senior Policy Advisor in NASA’s Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS). At OTPS, he works on a wide range of issues, including implications of lunar operations, the development of norms of behavior, and space sustainability. Gabriel served as an Attorney Adviser at the U.S. Department of State for the past decade and a half, where he was responsible for issues relating to international space law from 2016-2021. Gabriel was the head of the U.S. delegation to the COPUOS Legal Subcommittee and served on many U.S. Government working groups and task forces relating to space law and policy. Gabriel was one of the primary authors and negotiators of the Artemis Accords, a political commitment that expands upon the provisions of the Outer Space Treaty and has now been signed by governments representing well over a billion people. Gabriel has provided guidance to multiple National Security Advisors, Secretaries of State, and NASA Administrators, and has negotiated agreements with governments and armed groups around the world. He has published articles on space law and other topics, speaks often as a guest on podcasts, and will teach a course on Space Law and Policy at Harvard Law School beginning in 2022. He holds law degrees from Harvard and Oxford and received his undergraduate degree from Brown University.


  • B.C.L. (Bachelor of Civil Law) Oxford University, Lincoln College, 2006
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 2005
  • B.A. Political Science Brown University, 2002