Andrew G. Haley

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Andrew G. Haley (born November 19, 1904, Tacoma, Washington died 1966) was an American lawyer. He has been described as the world’s first practitioner of space law.[1] Haley coined the term Metalaw, which refers to a field of legal thought now closely related to the scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).[2][3][4]

In 1928, Haley earned his LLB from Georgetown University Law School and later earned a BA from George Washington University.

In addition to being a lawyer, Haley became an expert in rocket propulsion and was an early rocket propulsion entrepreneur and founder of Aerojet Engineering Corporation (later Aerojet).

Haley, along with his friend and colleague Ernst Fasan, was instrumental in founding both the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law.

Haley died in 1966.


  1. ^ Daniel Lang and Brendan Gill, The Talk of the Town, “Metalaw,” The New Yorker, December 29, 1956, p. 19
  2. ^ Andrew G. Haley, Space law and Metalaw – A Synoptic View, Harvard Law Record 23 (November 8, 1956)
  3. ^ Andrew G. Haley, Space Law and Government, Appleton Century Crofts, New York, 1963
  4. ^ Ernst Fasan, Relations with Alien Intelligences: The Scientific Basis of Metalaw, Berlin Verlag, Berlin, 1970

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