IISL Newsletter - August 2016
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No. 8 – August 2016
  • Notes and Announcements
  • 2017 Manfred Lachs Moot Problem Finished
  • 25 Years of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition - Reception and World Finals
  • Annual Highlight Paper Writing Competition
  • International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2016
  • UN/IAF Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits
  • Events Calendar
Notes and Announcements
  • Registration is now open for the 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC). Register at Please Note: IISL Members receive a reduced fee when registering for the IAC. 
  • Registration for the Annual IISL Dinner, to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 29th, 2016, is open.  This year's dinner is limited to 150 people, so register through the PayPal button at . The cost is € 70.
  • The IISL General Assembly will be held on Wednesday, September 28 in between Colloquium Sessions at the IAC in Guadalajara.  Access to the agenda and associated documents will be provided via Dropbox. A link will be sent when these materials are available.

2017 Lachs Moot Problem Published


The 2017 Lachs Moot problem has been published:

The case involves a dispute between Perovsk and Titan, historically peaceful neighbors on Earth, who find themselves in an emotionally charged conflict on the Moon involving lunar facilities, liability for damage, and space mining. Several novel aspects are involved including a withdrawal from the Outer Space Treaty and an agreement by the parties to permit the Court to decide one set of issues ex aequo et bono.

25 Years of the Manfred Lachs
Space Law Moot Court Competition 


 The Moot Court Committee invites all IISL Members and friends to celebrate the 25 anniversary of the competition in a brief reception that will take place after the afternoon sessions on Wednesday 28 September, in the E-8 room of the Congress Centre (area of posters and interactive presentations). This will be a great opportunity to also view the Interactive Presentations on space law.

On September 29, the world finals of the 2016 Manfred Lachs Competition will be held at University of Guadalajara, Alberga al Paraninfo
Join us!
Manfred Lachs Moot Court Committee
Annual Highlight Paper Writing Competition

The IISL is pleased to announce the second year
of the IISL Annual Highlight Paper competition

All practitioners and non-student academics with a minimum of five years of space law experience are eligible. The purpose of the competition is to promote and publish excellent scholarship through a blind, peer-review process.

  • Topic: The Outer Space Treaty 1967 - 2017
  • Submissions Due: 1 March 2017
  • Review Period Ends: 1 September 2017
  • Recipient Announced: 27 September 2017 (IISL General Assembly)

The reviewers will be IISL Publications Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Marietta Benkö,  Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, and Directorate of Studies Member Dr. Steven Freeland.

Further details are available 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!

United Nations / International Astronautical Federation
Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: 

Integrated Space Technologies and
Applications for a Better Society

Guadalajara, Mexico, 23-25 September 2016 

The United Nations and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) are jointly organizing a Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits on the theme "Space Technologies and Integrated Applications for a Better Society" to assist Member States with building capacity in using space science, technologies and their applications in support of sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

The Workshop will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 23 to 25 September 2016 in conjunction with the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). A limited number of Workshop participants from developing countries, selected by the United Nations and the IAF, will also be invited to attend the IAC to be held from 26 to 30 September 2016.

More information is at:

Events Calendar

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