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No. 4 – April 2016
  • Notes and Announcements
  • A Message from the IISL President
  • 2016 IISL Elections - Call for Candidates
  • New IISL Members - Spring 2016
  • IISL at the IAF Spring Meeting
  • Global Conference on Space and Information Society (GLIS) 2016
  • International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2016
  • Events Calendar
Notes and Announcements
  • Registration is now open for the 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC). Register at    
  • IISL Elections will begin soon. Details on the Call for Candidates is below.
A Message from the President
4 April 2016
Dear Members,
I take this opportunity to let you know that I have decided not to seek re-election as President of the IISL, and will leave office after the next General Assembly in Guadalajara. After having served 9 years as President and 25 years on the Board of Directors, I feel it is time for a new leadership to take the Institute further.
The IISL has grown into a globally respected institution, and I am very proud of the positive changes I have helped the institute achieve over the past years. 
I have thoroughly enjoyed the efficient and friendly cooperation with many wonderful space lawyers willing to commit their valuable time and expertise to our great institute. They all helped in building its reputation as an association of recognized experts, while at the same time providing ample opportunities for young people to become involved in our field, a field which is becoming more fascinating and relevant by the day. 
The IISL will always be a part of me, and I hope to stay in touch with you all! 

Tanja Masson-Zwaan
IISL President 2007-2016


- 2016 IISL Elections -
Call for Candidates

Dear IISL Member,
The IISL Election Committe, currently comprising Dr. Christian Brünner, Prof. Jonathan Galloway (chair), and Dr. Olga S. Stelmakh, has the honor of inviting IISL members to take part in the 2016 IISL Board election.

All IISL Members are entitled to put themselves forward for the following elected positions on the Board:
  • Director (four positions)
  • President (one position)
A candidate for a position on the Board is to fill out a nomination form (available on the IISL website at and to submit it, along with any requested attachment, to the Election Committee. A candidate is to be nominated by an IISL Member in good standing and supported by five IISL Members in good standing, and must confirm that he/she agrees to be nominated.

To qualify for a position of Member of the Board, a candidate shall be an Individual Member or a designated representative of an Institutional Member, shall have significant experience in the juridical or social science aspects of space activities, and be committed to the Purposes and Objectives of the Institute. The Board Members shall be elected for a three-year term of office and they may be re-elected. All Board Members shall endeavor to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and all General Assemblies and shall actively contribute to the realization of the purposes and objectives of the Institute. While maintaining the highest ethical standards, they shall act in the best interest of the Institute and treat all information discussed in meetings with due confidentiality.

To qualify for the position of President, a candidate shall be an Individual Member, shall have served on the Board for at least two terms, be committed to the Purposes and Objectives of the Institute and be a recognized expert in the field of space law. The President, who shall meet the qualifications established in the By-Laws, shall be the highest-ranking Officer of the Institute. Except where the Statutes or By-Laws prescribe otherwise, the President shall chair all conferences and meetings of the Institute and shall perform all duties pertaining to the office. The President shall fulfill the Purposes and Objectives of the Institute on a daily basis, particularly in accordance with Article II, Article IV section 1(b), Article V, section 1(c) and Article VI, Section 2(b) of the Statutes.

Candidates may only stand for one open position. The number of candidates per position is unlimited. For further details please refer to the full terms of the IISL Statutes and By-Laws, available at

The 2016 candidates for the IISL Board membership are to send their nomination forms, providing all the requested information, along with a curriculum vitae or a biography or a statement of one page at most (in MS Word or PDF format) to the Election Committee at not later than 15 May 2016, with the subject line "IISL Board Election."

Voting shall take place between June 15 and July 15. During the 2016 Board election, votes shall be cast by IISL Members in good standing electronically via the website. We kindly remind you that nominations received after 15 May 2016 cannot be considered.
New Members
- Spring 2016 -
The International Institute of Space Law welcomes the following new Institutional, Individual, and Prospective Members.

Institutional Members
The Central American Association for Aeronautics And Space [Asociación 
Centroamericana de Aeronáutica y del Espacio
] (Costa Rica)

St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida (USA)

Individual Members
Dr. Roy Balleste (USA)
Mr. Benjamin Berlin (USA)
Professor Gérard Brachet (France)
Ms. Kamlesh Brocard (Mauritius) 
Mr. Samuel Gompers (USA)
Ms. Andrea Harrington (USA)
Mr. Theunis Kotzé (South Africa) 
Mr. Raja Mukerjee (India)
Professor Lawrence Pinsky (USA)
Mr. Alexander Soucek (Austria)
Mr. Charles Stotler (USA)
Mr. Alan Stuart (UK)
Justice Espín Eduardo Templado (Spain)
Ms. Caroline Thro (France)
Ms. Aurelie Trur (France)
Mr. Stamatis Varsamos (Greece)
Professor Susan Warheit (USA)

Prospective Members
Ms. Kahina Aoudia (France)
Mr. Rishiraj Baruah (India)
Mr. Joel Dennerley (Australia) 
Mr. Aditya Goyal (India)
Mr. Kiryl Halauko (Belarus)
Mr. Dimitri Linden (Belgium)
Mr. Milan Mijovik (Serbia)
Ms Rada Popova (Germany)
Ms Li Sinqing (China)
Ms. Akiko Watanabe (Japan)
Congratulations and welcome - we look forward to working with you!

The IISL Elections Committee will shortly email you a username and password for you to login to the IISL member website at

IISL at the IAF Spring Meeting
Members of the IISL attended and participated in the recent International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Spring Meetings in Paris, and conducted the final selection and programming for the upcoming IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, held yearly at the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

Session E.7 of the upcoming 59th Colloquium had a very large number of abstract submissions, with E.7.2: Legal Perspectives on Space Resources and Off-Earth Mining having the most abstract submissions of any session of the Congress, with 47 abstracts submitted.

The announcement to authors of abstract acceptance will go out through the IAF beginning as early as April 21.

(IISL Honorary Director Dr. Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni, Assistant Executive Secretary Chris Johnson, Dr. Fabio Tronchetti, Dr. Rosa Maria Ramírez de Arellano y Haro, and Dr. Martha Mejía-Kaiser)
GLIS 2016
Global Conference on Space and the Information Society
"Connecting the world via space: 
policies, technologies, and applications"

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the IISL's sister organization the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) will convene the Global Conference on Space and the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland on June 6-7, 2016 at the ITU Headquarters.

GLIS 2016 will examine and discuss the different means by which space allows people to connect worldwide. GLIS 2016 will analyse in details the impact that space policies, space technologies and space applications have on the daily life of people, organisations and governments communicating and exchanging information around the world.
More information at:

IAC 2016
International Astronautical Congress
"Making Space Accessible to All Countries"

Registration is now open for the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), to be held for the very first time in Guadalajara, Mexico from 26 - 30 September 2016.
The IAC 2016, which theme is “Making Space Accessible to All Countries,” is co-organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and will be hosted by the Mexican Space Agency (AEM).
You can benefit from the early registration rate
until 15 June 2016 by
clicking here!
We look forward to seeing you in Guadalajara at #IAC2016!

Events Calendar

  • April 4-15 – 55th Session of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), United Nations at Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • April 27-29 - (Moot Court) European Regional Rounds - Oral Arguments at Strathclyde Law School, Glasgow, UK.
  • May 12-13 - (Moot Court) African Regional Round - Oral Arguments, Pretoria, South Africa. Exact Location still to be determined.
  • May 15 - Deadline for Nominations to the 2016 IISL Elections.
  • June 6-7 – Global Conference on Space and the Information Society (GLIS), ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • June 8-17 – 59th Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), United Nations at Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • June 15 - Elections Open for 2016 IISL Elections. 
  • July 15 - Elections close for the 2016 IISL Elections.
  • September 26-30 – 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2016), Guadalajara, Mexico.
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