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2015 no. 6
Contents
  • Notes and Announcements
  • IISL Elections
  • Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition Regional Results and Thanks
  • Donations
  • Events Calendar
  • Member Highlights
Notes & Announcements
  •  The IISL is sad to note the passing of Professor Priyatna Abdurrasyid, Indonesian professor of Air and Space Law. A news item is below, with a link to an obituary on the IISL Website.
  • The IISL is also sad to note the passing of Professor Yuri Kolosov, Russian professor and practitioner of space law. An obituary is forthcoming and will be placed on the IISL website. 
  • The European Regional Round Oral arguments are from June 1-5, at the Union University Law School Belgrade, in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Elections for IISL positions will begin shortly. There is 1 candidate for 1 open Vice President position, and 14 candidates for 9 open Director positions.
  • Results from the Indian National Funding Round, and the North American, Asia-Pacific, and African Regional Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition are below. 
  • Members who are interested in being an IISL observer at the plenary meeting of UN COPUOS from June 11-20, 2015 should email secretary@iislweb.org.
  • The Global Space Innovation Conference (GLIC 2015) will take place at the Munich Residence Palace, from June 23-25, 2015. GLIC 2015 will provide governments, space agencies, industries, and entrepreneurs a high-level forum for exchange of experiences in innovation management and technology transfer. To register, please go to www.glic2015.org
  • All IISL Members are encouraged to update their personal profiles and check their contact details at http://www.iislweb.net
* In Memoriam * 

Professor Priyatna Abdurrasyid 

1930 - 2015

 
A pioneer of Air and Space Law Education in Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Priyatna Abdurrasyid passed away in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, May 22, 2015, at the age of 85. It is a major loss for Indonesia as he passed away when the Asia Pacific Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition was still underway in Bandung, which was conducted in cooperation with the Faculty of Law of Padjadjaran University, where Professor Priyatna introduced Air and Space Law in 1963.

A full memorial by his student, and current professor of Air and Space Law, I. B. R. Supancana is at http://iislweb.org/memoriam/obit_priyatna.pdf
* In Memoriam * 

Professor Yuri Mikhailovich Kolosov


1934 - 2015
 
To our deepest regret, the honorable Professor Yuri Mikhailovich Kolosov passed away on May 28, 2015. Professor Kolosov was closely involved with the adoption of several space treaties as senior adviser to the former USSR delegation, a great academic and author, and a faithful friend of the IISL. He lectured on diverse issues of international law at many universities all over the world, and is the author of over 250 publications, including 5 monographs. A full memorial will shortly be published on the IISL website.

IISL Elections 2015

 
Pursuant to the IISL Statutes and By-Laws, earlier this year the Election Committee invited all IISL Members to take part in the 2015 IISL Board Elections. Nominations were solicited by 15 May 2015. The following candidates were duly nominated for the elected positions on the IISL Board of Directors (all the candidates are listed in alphabetical order. An asterisk (*) indicates a candidate who already holds that position. Each candidate’s one-page Nomination Form and one-page CV (Biography) will be uploaded on the IISL election website by 15 June 2015):
 
Vice-President (1 candidate for 1 open position)
  • Kai-Uwe SCHROGL (Germany) *
Directors (14 candidates for 9 open positions)
  • Setsuko AOKI (Japan) *
  • Elisabeth BACK IMPALLOMENI (Austria / Italy) *
  • P.J. BLOUNT (United States)
  • Marco FERRAZZANI (Italy)
  • Joanne GABRYNOWICZ (United States) *
  • Corinne JORGENSON (France / United States)
  • James KERAVALA (United Kingdom)
  • Larry MARTINEZ (United States)
  • Lauren SMALL-PENNEFATHER (Canada)
  • Lesley Jane SMITH (United Kingdom) *
  • Milton SMITH (United States) *
  • Leslie TENNEN (United States) *
  • Maureen WILLIAMS (United Kingdom / Argentina) *
  • Zhenjun ZHANG (China)
Under revised article 9 of the IISL By-Laws regarding the timing of the election process of the IISL Board of Directors, as said article was adopted by the General Assembly in October 2014 in Toronto, voting will start on 15 June 2015 and will continue until 15 July 2015

Detailed information on the procedure of the voting using the electronic system on the IISL member website will be sent shortly. 


Members of the Institute are encouraged to consider the following factors necessary for a proper functioning of the Board:

(a)     The competence and professional reputation of the candidate
(b)     The need for representation from the different regions of the world; 
(c)     The need for rotation as well as for continuity.
 

Manfred Lachs Space Law
Moot Court Competition
North American Regional Round
 
The North American Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition was held in Washington DC, at the Georgetown University Law Center, on March 20-21, 2015. Twelve (12) teams participated in preliminary rounds, which were followed by the semi-finals and final as follows: 
 
The Semi-finals:
University of Mississippi versus University of Nebraska 
Georgetown University versus Florida State University
 
The Final:
University of Mississippi versus Georgetown University
 
Winner of the North American Regional Round:
University of Mississippi 


The Best Memorial: 
McGill University

The Best Oralist: 
Brad Powell (Georgetown University)

 
We are deeply thankful to Georgetown University Law Center, the Secure World Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for supporting the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition, and also to all participating teams for their enthusiasm, time, and dedication that contribute to the development of space law.
 
Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

Indian National Funding Round 

 
The Indian National Funding Round took place April 25-27 2015, and was organized by the Moot Court Society of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, India. Ten teams participated in preliminary rounds, which were followed by the semi-finals and final as follows:
 
The Semi-finals:
National Law School of India University (Bangalore) versus NALSAR University of Law (Hyderabad)
National Law University (Jodhpur) versus the National Law University (Delhi)
 
The Final:
National Law School of India University (Bangalore) versus National Law University (Jodhpur)
 
Winner of the Indian National Funding Round:
National Law University (Jodhpur)
 
The Indian National Research Organization (ISRO) financed the travel of the winning team to attend the Asia Pacific Regional Round that took place one month later at the Padjajaran University, Bandung, Indonesia. We are sincerely thankful to ISRO and the NLSIU Moot Court Society for supporting the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition, and also to all participating teams for their enthusiasm, time, and dedication that contribute to the development of space law.

Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
Asia Pacific Regional Round
 
The Manfred Lachs Moot Court Committee is deeply thankful to Ms. Siti Noor Malia Putri (Alia), Asia Pacific Regional Organizer of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition, as well as Universitas Padjajaran, Bandung Campus, Indonesia and all the professors, students and friends that contributed to the success of this event. The organizers made an excellent event that will stay forever in the memory of all participants. Here are the results of the competition:
 
Winner of the Regional Round:
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India
 
Best Oralist of Final:
Ms. Chinmayi Sharma, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India
 
Best Overall Memorial Score:
National Law University (NLU), Delhi, India
 
Best Oralist of Preliminary Rounds:
Mr. Joshua Hiew E-Wen, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
 
First Runner-Up:
National Law University (NLU), Delhi, India

Second Runner-Up:
National Law School of India University, (NLSIU) Bangalore, India

Third Runner-Up:
Murdoch University, Australia
 
Spirit of Lachs Award:
Kyoto University, Japan
 
The Manfred Lachs Moot Court Committee is also sincerely thankful to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for financing the winner team to attend the World Finals this October in Jerusalem, Israel.
 

Location of the 2016 Asia Pacific Regional
The Moot Court Committee is pleased to announce that the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, India, has accepted to host the 2016 Asia Pacific Regional. We are thankful to Prof. R. Venkata Rao, NLSIU, Vice-chancellor, for his great support. It is indeed an honor and privilege for us to have the NLSIU to host Asia Pacific teams to test their talents and knowledge, and to share their excitement. 

Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
African Regional Round

The Fourth Annual African Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition was held May 14-15 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa. The following six teams competed in the preliminary round held at the Knowledge Commons of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa:

  • Niger Delta University (Nigeria)
  • Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria)
  • University of Juba, College of Law (South Sudan)
  • Mount Kenya University (Kenya)
  • University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Makere University (Uganda)

The final round of the competition was held at the Pretoria High Court and SANSA Space Operations. The winners of the competition were as follows:

Winner of the Regional Round: 
Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria)

Best Oralist of Final:
Katlin Morris, University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Best Overall Memorial Score:
Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria)

First Runner-Up:
University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Second Runner-Up:
Makerere University (Uganda)

The competition was hosted by the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA), a space industry regulatory body of the Department of Trade and Industry in collaboration with its Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI). Both SACSA and the AISI have supported capacity building in space law for decision maker initiatives in South Africa through establishment of air, space and telecommunication law courses at the University of Pretoria.  


The Manfred Lachs Moot Court Committee is deeply thankful

this year to the following Committee members:
 


To
Ms. Lulukewa Makapela (Lulu), African Regional Organizer, for bringing together the judges, African teams, and local organizers for an stimulating competition in the "Knowledge Commons" at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, in Pretoria, South Africa.


 


To
Ms. Siti Noor Malia Putri (Alia), Asia Pacific Regional Organizer, for leading an excellent organization of the Asia Pacific Regional Round in her alma mater, the Padjajaran University, Bandung, Indonesia.


 


To
Mr. V. Gopalakrishnan (Gopal), Associate Regional Organizer for Asia Pacific, for bridging NLSIU and the Moot Court Committee to bring the 2016 Asia Pacific Regional to Bangalore, for supporting the Indian National Funding Round, and for his cooperation in the organization of the 2015 Asia Pacific Regional Round.


 


To
Dr. Zhenjun Zhang, for all the time and energy he invested in the organization of China’s National Founding Round, and by serving as judge for memorials of the Asia Pacific Regional.


 

 


To Dr. Sara Langston, for her great contribution in gathering information on Asia Pacific Universities, by contacting the Australian and New Zealand Universities, and by serving as judge for memorials of the Asia Pacific Regional.


To Ms. Maria-Vittoria Carminati (Giugi), for taking over the position of North American Regional Organizer, and all of her efforts to produce an admirable regional round, together with Dr. Skip Smith.



To
Dr. Milton Smith (Skip), as supporter for the creation of the Moot Court Competition and as Regional Organizer of the North American Regional from 1992 to 2015. Thank you for passing the torch to Giugi!

 
Remember you can make a tax deductible donation to the IISL through the PayPal button on the IISL website.
 

Events Calendar

 

IISL Member Lauren Small-Pennefather
with Prime Ministers Harper and Modi

 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lauren Small-Pennefather of the Canadian Space Agency, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada. 
Member Highlights
 
  • All IISL Members are encouraged to update their personal profiles at http://www.iislweb.net.
  • Lauren Small-Pennefather was invited to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Parliament Hill in April, as recognition for her negotiation and conclusion of a renewed space cooperation agreement between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
  • Christopher Johnson served as the Space Policy and Law track chair at the 2015 International Space Development Conference, held in Toronto, Canada. PJ Blount, Michael Dodge, Melissa Force, Christopher Johnson, James Keravala, and Lauren Small-Pennefather all presented at the 34th Annual ISDC, whose theme was "Next Breakthrough Technologies"
  • Olavo Bittencourt Neto's volume in the SpringerBriefs in Space Development series, entitled "Defining the Limits of Outer Space for Regulatory Purposes" is now in print and available for purchase.
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