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Dr. Harold M. (Hal) White


Harold M. (Hal) White, Jr. is Senior Administrative Fellow and University Professor of Ethics, Law & Policy. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UWF from 2002 to 2010.

White began his academic career as Professor of Law at Western State University College of Law in Los Angeles, where he pioneered courses in Space Law and was a member of an advisory committee to California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on science and technology policy. 

He has advised numerous aerospace trade and professional associations, served as co-chair of the National Coordinating Committee for Space, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the National Flight Academy, and as a member of the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of Business Enterprises, Inc., which oversees the business enterprises and auxiliary services of the University of West Florida.

White received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and went on to earn his doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Miami. He holds a certificate in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University and a diploma from the U.S. Army Institute of Administration. He was South Pacific Forum Fellow in International Trade Law; he holds certificates in Earth Jurisprudence from Schumacher College, where he was Visiting Fellow in Earth Jurisprudence, in Aerospace Education from Orange Coast College, and in International Law, Global Governance, and the Earth Charter Principles, from the United Nations University for Peace. 

He also served as Special Deputy Attorney General of North Carolina, acting as general counsel to the Director of the State Bureau of Investigation; he later served as general counsel and special assistant to the Chancellor for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he won four teaching awards. He also was legal counsel for “Aquarius 2000,” the National Undersea Research Laboratory, a pioneering habitat administered by UNCW for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. 

He also was honored with a special appointment as Chief of International Law for the new country and former U.S. Trust Territory of the Federated States of Micronesia, where he served as Acting Attorney General and culminated his service as a Delegate to the United Nations. 

Degrees & Institutions:

White received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and went on to earn his doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Miami.


  • Earth Jurisprudence and Outer Space Law - Earth Jurisprudence is the general field underlying Environmental Law, Policy & Ethics in all of its national and international ramifications.
  • Outer Space Law involves all aspects of the law relating to the exploration and use of outer space, with some of the main sub-disciplines being human ethics & jurisprudence, telecommunications law, remote sensing of the Earth from space, and public and private international law.

Current Courses:

  • The Legal System & Ethics
  • Law & Society

Classes Taught:

    • Environmental Law & Jurisprudence
    • Honors
    • The Legal System & Ethics
    • Law & Society
    • Justice Theory
    • Space Law
    • Constitutional Law


    Books (Refereed) 

    • Lauria, R. & White, H.M. (1988). The Law and Regulation of International Space Communication. Norwood, MA: Artech House. (Nominated for Certificate of Merit, American Society of International Law) 
    • Robinson, G.S. & White, H.M. (1986). Envoys of Mankind: A Declaration of First Principles for the Governance of Space Societies. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. (Nominated for Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction)

    Articles and Chapters (Refereed) 

    • Harding, Stephan & White, Hal (2016). The Emergence of Earth Jurisprudence. Schumacher College Literary Blog, March 2016.
    • Ford, D.; Cavanaugh, J.C. & White, H.M. (2006). Life Choices: The Search for Meaning. The Journal of College and Character, January, 2006 Special Issue: Finding Wholeness; Students’ Search for Meaning and Purpose in College. 
    • White, H.M. & Lauria, R. (1995). The Impact of New Communication Technologies on International Telecommunication Law and Policy: Cyberspace and the Restructuring of the International Telecommunication Union. California Western Law Review, Volume 32, Number 1. 
    • Lauria, R. & White, H.M. (1995). Mythic Analogues: Space and Cyberspace, A Critical Analysis of U.S. Policy for the Space and Information Age. Journal of Communication Inquiry, Volume 19, Number 2. 
    • Lauria, R. & White, H.M. (1989). Evolving Principles of Space Communication Regulation in the ITU, 1959-1985. Proceedings of the Thirty-First Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, International Astronautical Federation, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 
    • White, H.M. (1988). Status Under the North Carolina Constitution of Funds Seized by Local Law Enforcement Authorities, Forfeited Under Federal Law, and Later Shared with Local Law Enforcement Agencies by the Federal Government. North Carolina Attorney General Reports, Volume 54. 
    • White, H.M. (1988). The Law Governing Human Activities in Space. International Telecommunications Handbook, 2nd Edition. Washington, DC: Federal Communications Bar Association. 
    • White, H.M. (1987). Space Communication Law and the Geostationary Orbit. American Enterprise, the Law, and the Commercial Use of Space, Volume 3. Washington, DC: National Legal Center for the Public Interest Monograph Series. 
    • White, H.M. (1987). The Private Law of Space: An Evolutionary Imperative. American Enterprise, the Law, and the Commercial Use of Space, Volume 3. Washington, DC: National Legal Center for the Public Interest Monograph Series. 
    • White, H.M. & Lauria, R. (1986). The Evolving Legal Status of Home Satellite Earth Stations. Communications and the Law, Volume 8, Number 8. 
    • White, H.M. & Lauria, R. (1985). International Law and Direct Broadcast Satellites. Space Communication and Broadcasting: An International Journal, Volume 3, Number 3. 
    • White, H.M. (1984). International Systems and Space Law: An Introduction (Chapter 2). In T.S. Cheston, C.M. Chafer, & S.B. Chafer (Eds.), Social Sciences and the Space Shuttle Era: New Directions for University Instruction. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. 
    • White, H.M. (1982). Space, Law, and the Future. Western State University International Law Journal, Volume 1, Number 1.
    • White, H.M. (1982). The Evolution and Importance of National Space Policy. Western State University International Law Journal, Volume 1, Number 1. 
    • Skorheim, J. & White, H.M. (1978). The Law of Outer Space: Symbol of Social Maturity. Western State University Law Review, Volume 6, Number 1. 

    Articles (Not Refereed) 

    • White, Hal (2017). The Great Work of Metalaw: A Paradigm of the Entireties. Schumacher College Literary Blog, July 2017.
    • White, H.M. & Lauria R. (February 1, 1987). White House Leans to Military Plans Despite Rhetoric on Civilian Space Use. Los Angeles Times, Opinion, Section IV. 
    • Robinson, G.R. & White, H.M. (1986). The Transition of Species. Space World, Volume W-8- 272. 
    • Lauria, R. & White, H.M. (April 13, 1986). The Decline of America’s Mission in Space. Los Angeles Times, Opinion, Section IV. 
    • Lauria, R. & White, H.M. (May 4, 1986). A Bold Proposal for Revitalizing the Space Program. News and Observer, Perspective, Section IV. 
    • White, H.M. (1980). Frontier Justice in the 21st Century. PROBE, Volume 3, Number 3. 
    • White, H.M. (1979). Space Law: Sharing the Skies (An Interrogatory). The Los Angeles Lawyer, Volume 1, Number 8. 

Keywords: Space Law, Florida IHMC, National Flight Academy, UWF Business Enterprises, international trade law, earth jurisprudence, aerospace education, international law and Micronesia