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Senior Lecturer in Space Research & Law / In training as Suborbital Spaceflight PoSSUM Astronaut Candidate Graduate, Swinburne University of Technology

Kim Ellis Hayes is an award-winning scientist & Supreme Court Admitted lawyer with demonstrated executive-level thought leadership skills in public and private sector contexts for aerospace and defence markets. With highly developed expertise in global public policy strategy management related to global regulatory affairs for satellites and space activities, Kim's established deep network of US, European and Australian industry strategic relationships with regulatory agencies, high level regulatory executives and International public policy legal framework stakeholders coupled with a comprehensive understanding of legal mechanisms supporting Low Earth Orbit operations is unique.
Kim is a subject matter expert in Suborbital Crew (SubC) Space Transportation Services, (in support of NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate) and is trained on relevant techniques for suborbital research and testing in microgravity and advancement of payload TRL ahead of orbital deployment for NASA Flight Opportunities.

Kim is the Space Technology Discipline & Aerospace Legal Lead for Swinburne University of Technology, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, and an Adjunct Faculty member of the International Space University, she leads curriculum development for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional level education related to Space Operations internationally and manages a collaborative industry partner network for student space research programs.
Accredited as an International Lawyer, Kim possesses advanced speaking and presentation skills, is a TEDx speaker and was recruited by the World Economic Forum consortium, the European Space Agency & MIT to contribute to creating the model to provide a new, innovative way of addressing the orbital challenge by encouraging responsible behavior in space through increasing the transparency of organizations’ debris mitigation efforts.

Kim serves on a number of advisory boards, review panels and executive committees related to Aerospace & Technology in Australia, Europe and the United States. These include the American Bar Association Forum of Air and Space Law Committee, the International Bar Association, the International Defense & Aerospace Industries group (Co-chair), USRA NASA Postdoctoral Program and Monash University Aerospace Industry Advisory Group. As an official observer to the United Nations Hague Space Resource Governance Working Group Kim contributed to the development of the first Building Blocks for the development of an International Framework on Space Resource Activities.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Space Research & Law, Swinburne University of Technology


  • 2015 
    Australian National University, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice


Endeavour Executive Awards Fellowship