Professor Joseph J. Vacek, J.D. is a tenured Associate Professor at University of North Dakota Aerospace. He teaches aviation and space law, transportation, environmental policy, and aviation technical classes at the undergraduate, honors, and graduate levels. Professor Vacek’s primary research relates to UAS (drones) in the field of aviation law. UAS law includes the law of remote sensing, U.S. Fourth Amendment Constitutional law related to search and seizure, privacy, and civil issues such as tort and insurance law.
Recent publications include Regulations, Laws, & Policies Regarding Remotely Sensed Data by Drones, North Dakota Law Review (2016), Insurance as a Mission Enabler, Encyclopedia of UAS Engineering (2016), A Liability Model for the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Journal of Air Law and Policy (2016), Liability in UAV / UAS operations: Consideration of who should bear the cost of damages in UAV / UAS accidents, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2015), Citizen Use of Small Drones for Media Purposes Under FAAs Current & Forthcoming Regulations, Journal of International and Media and Entertainment Law (2015), Reforming Regulation of Basic and Small Business Research and Education in Space Technologies under ITAR and EAR, Journal of Space Law (2015), and The Next Frontier in Drone Law: Liability for Cybersecurity Negligence and Data Breaches for UAS Operators, Campbell Law Review (2017). He holds commercial pilot and certified flight instructor certificates and is a practicing lawyer and a former Peace Corps volunteer. He is the faculty adviser for the UND competition aerobatic flying team.