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 PJ Blount

PJ Blount

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Media commentator
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Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

Dr. P.J. Blount (Ph.D., M.S., Global Affairs, Rutgers University; LL.M., King's College London; J.D., University of Mississippi; B.A./A.B.J., University of Georgia) is a Lecturer in Law in the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. He has served as an adjunct professor for the LL.M. in the Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Luxembourg, an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Beijing Institute of Technology School of Law.  He also completed an industrial fellowship sponsored by the Luxembourg National Research Fund wherein he split his time between SES and the University of Luxembourg research cybersecurity issues relevant to the space industry.

Blount’s primary research areas are international space law with a focus on space security and cyberspace law and governance. He has published and presented widely on the topic of space law and has given expert testimony on Space Traffic Management before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Space. His book, Reprogramming the World: Cyberspace and the Geography of Global Order, was published open access with e-International Relations Press in 2019.

He is an editor of the Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law and was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law. He currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the International Institute of Space Law and is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of Georgia (USA).

Biography

Teaching

I am currently teaching Public International Law and Media Law.  In the past I have taught courses such as Space Security Law, International Telecommunication Law, Human Rights Law, Space Law, Cyberlaw, Intellectual Property, American Foreign Policy, and Legal Research and Writing.

My research interests are in law, technology, and international security.  I have broad expertise in the area of international space law, but I have focused primarily on norm formation around space security issues, such as weaponization and space traffic management.  I also study digfital and network technologies.  This research addresses the effects of these technologies on international governance as well as the growing issue of cybersecurity.

Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Space Law
  • Law & Technology
  • Cyberlaw
  • Law of International Peace and Security
  • International Law