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No. 1 – January 2015
  • Notes and Announcements
  • IISL Highlight Paper 2016 
  • IISL Position Paper on Space Resource Mining
  • Call for Nominations for IISL 2016 Awards
  • GLIS 2016
  • IAC 2016
  • Members Announcements
  • Events Calendar
Notes and Announcements
  • Please notify the IISL Secretariat by January 20 if you wish to be placed on the IISL delegation to the 52nd Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) in Vienna, Austria, February 15-26, 2016. 
  • Photos from the recent 10th IISL Eilene Galloway Symposium, held at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC are available at:

IISL Highlight Paper 2016

In the course of the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, the IISL confirmed its approval to sponsor an Annual Highlight Paper. 2015-2016 is the first year a Highlight Paper will be selected.

All practitioners and non-student academics with a minimum of five (5) years of space law experience will be eligible; further details of eligibility and process can be obtained from the IISL Secretariat. The Deadline for submission of papers is March 1, 2016.

The reviewers for the first year are IISL Publications Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Marietta Benkö and Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, and Directorate of Studies Member Dr. Steven Freeland. In recognition of the approaching 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, the Board selected "The Outer Space Treaty 1967-2017" as the subject of the 2015-2016 paper.

Details at:

IISL Position Paper on Space Resource Mining 
On December 20, 2015 the IISL Board of Directors adopted by consensus and issued a position paper on space resource mining.

The position paper is available via the IISL website at

Call for Nominations for 2016 IISL Awards
As you are aware, the IISL recognizes eminent and extraordinary contributions and services to the field of space law, and for advancing the broader objectives of the Institute through prestigious IISL annual awards.

The annual awards are in four categories
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Award of Appreciation
  • Certificate of Gratitude
The Institute calls for Nominations in prescribed forms for 2016 IISL Awards in the above categories to be sent before the deadline of January 30, 2016.

Nominations must be submitted electronically to by filling and e-mailing the prescribed form, and providing all the required information and documentation.

Nomination forms and eligibility criteria for each category, and the procedure for nominations can be accessed on the IISL external website under "awards and competitions", at The list of past awardees can also be found on the same page.

As the scope of the IISL Awards is global and is not limited to IISL members, all members are urged to actively participate and nominate. 
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 
67th International Astronautical Congress
Making Space Accessible and Affordable to All Countries!

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce its 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) which will take place for the very first time in Guadalajara, Mexico from 26 – 30 September 2016. The IAC 2016, co-organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will be hosted by the Mexican Space Agency (AEM).
The IAC 2016  theme is “Making Space Accessible and Affordable to all Countries.”  The Congress in Guadalajara will focus on the importance of strengthening international cooperation to ensure that all countries can be part of the space exploration already today and, one day, become major contributors to the space sector.
This symposium organized by the International Institute of Space Law will address various aspects of the law of outer space and is structured in five sessions.
Lesley Jane Smith  Germany
& Mahulena Hofmann
University of Luxembourg — Luxemburg
E7.1. 8th Nandasiri Jasentuliyana Keynote Lecture on Space Law and Young Scholars Session
In the first part of this session, the IISL will invite a prominent speaker to address the members of the Institute and other congress attendants on a highly topical issue of broad interest. The second part of this session will be dedicated to the space lawyers of the future and young scholars (under 35 years old) who are invited to present a paper on a relevant topic of space law. Lecture: "Space Law and Diplomacy", by Kai-Uwe Schrogl.
Rosa María Ramirez de Arellano
Ramirez de Arellano y Abogados, S.C. Law Firm — Mexico
Tanja Masson-Zwaan
International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University — The Netherlands

E7.2. Legal Perspectives on Space Resources and Off-Earth Mining
The development of space technology leads the plans to exploit space resources closer to reality. With this use of outer space, the principles of the law of outer space are challenged: Is this legal framework outdated? Under which conditions can segments of celestial bodies used for space missions be taken to the Earth and exploited industrially? Are the States who are not parties of the Moon Treaty obliged to adopt an international regime governing the distribution of space resources? How should such a future international regime be shaped?
Fabio Tronchetti
Harbin Institute of Technology — China
Mark Sundahl
Cleveland State University — United States

E7.3. Contemporary Considerations about the 1986 Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Space
Remote sensing technology is strategic by nature, providing invaluable information both to governments and private individuals. Knowledge of the national territory is a key aspect of sovereignty. Indeed, data gathered by remote sensing satellites are currently appraised as necessary to the sustainable development of nations all over the globe. But those services also represent a commercial endeavour of increased market value, which cannot be taken for granted, due to strong international demand. Almost 30 years after its conception, the 1986 Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Space and its proposed international legal regime are of increasing relevance. Have those principles achieved the status of international custom? Is it finally time for a treaty?
Martha Mejia-Kaiser
Independent Researcher — Germany
Maureen Williams
Chair, ILA Space Law Committee, UK & UBA, Conicet, Buenos Aires — Argentina

E7.4. Legal Challenges Represented by Large Satellite Infrastructures and Constellations
A relatively new trend in space activities involves the deployment of large infrastructures and constellations of satellites in Low Earth Orbit, leading to relevant international concerns, not only regarding space traffic management, but also the sustainability of the space environment. Such a distinctive technological initiative poses legal challenges as far as Space Law is concerned. For example, what forms of legal and regulatory frameworks are necessary to balance the interests of a particular State (financial, compliance with its international obligations, acting in the interests of other States, etc) with the demands of entrepreneurs? Should the governing legal regime encourage/discourage this evolution towards a multitude of space actors? What role does/should law have in facilitating the commercial possibilities offered by low-cost satellites? How should the relevant legal rules balance the risks associated with such technology and infrastructure with the need to further enhance the potential benefits that these systems may offer?
P.J. Blount
LL.M. in Air and Space Law — United States
Steven Freeland
Western Sydney University — Australia

E7.5. Current Developments in Space Law with Particular Consideration for Latin America
In this session, papers are invited to address the most recent legal developments of space activities since the last congress, with special attention for Latin American developments and perspectives.
Olavo de Oliveira Bittencourt Neto
Catholic University of Santos — Brazil
Ranjana Kaul
Dua Associates — India

E7.6-E3.5. 31st Joint IAA/IISL Scientific Legal Roundtable: The Future of Regional Cooperation
This roundtable is jointly organised by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). International cooperation is a key element of the Outer Space Treaty. In the Legal Subcommittee of UNCOPUOS, at present, the subject matter is reflected in a dedicated Working Group reviewing ‘international mechanisms for cooperation in the peaceful exploration and use of outer space’. The Outer Space Treaty will have its 50th anniversary in 2017. This upcoming event is a good moment to discuss the challenges of regional cooperation in space in the interdisciplinary format of the Scientific-Legal Roundtable.
Kai-Uwe Schrogl
European Space Agency (ESA) — France

E7.7-B3.8. Joint IAF-IISL Session on the Legal Framework for Collaborative Space Activities
This session hosts papers on topics related to the legal framework governing collaborative space programmes, in particular governmental Exploration programmes and their preparations.
Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) — Germany
Cristian Bank
Rovsing A/S — Denmark

E7.IP. Interactive Presentations
Authors with an abstract accepted for an interactive presentation will be asked to prepare slides and display them for the duration of the congress on plasma screens. Authors will be assigned to interactive sessions in which they must be near the plasma screens to engage in interactive discussions with other congress attendees.
Lesley Jane Smith
Leuphana University of Lüneburg/Weber-Steinhaus & Smith — Germany
Mahulena Hofmann
University of Luxembourg — Luxemburg
For more information on IAC 2016, click here.
Looking forward to meeting you in Guadalajara at #IAC2016!


Members Announcements

  • Christian Brünner was awarded the Polarsternaward 2015 by the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF). It is awarded for extraordinary achievements in the service of Austrian space activities, and is for people who distinguish themselves by personal engagement, extraordinary projects, or future oriented ideas. 

Events Calendar

  • January 20 - Deadline for IISL Members to notify IISL Secretariat for their placement on the list of IISL Observer Delegates to the UN COPUOS 2016 Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (Feb 15-26 in Vienna, Austria).
  • January 22 (Lachs Moot Court) - Deadline for submission of requests for clarification from registered teams.
  • January 30 - Deadline for Nominations for 2016 IISL Awards.
  • January 31 (Lachs Moot Court) - Deadline for teams registrations in the Asia-Pacific, European, and North American rounds.
  • February 10 (Lachs Moot Court) - Deadline for the Author of the Moot Court Problem to give Clarifications of the facts.
  • February 12 (Lachs Moot Court) - Deadline for team registration for the African Regional Round.
  • February 15-26 - 53rd Session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), United Nations at Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • February 29 - Deadline for Abstracts for IAC 2016.
  • March 1 - Deadline for Submission of Papers to the IISL Highlight Paper competition.
  • April 13-24 - 54th Session of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), United Nations at Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • June 6-7 - Global Conference on Space and the Information Society (GLIS), ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. 
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