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2015 no. 7
  • Notes and Announcements
  • IISL Elections 2015
  • Member Highligts
  • IISL Membership
  • Report of the IISL International Programme Committee (IPC)
  • Manfred Lachs Moot Court European Regional Results and Thanks
  • Events Calendar
Notes & Announcements
  • The European Regional Round Oral arguments were held June 1-5, in Belgrade, Serbia. Results are below.
  • Elections for IISL positions are open until July 15. There is 1 candidate for 1 open Vice President position, and 14 candidates for 9 open Director positions. Login and vote at
  •  From 23 to 25 June, the Global Space Innovation Conference (GLIC), organized by IAF, took place in Munich. One session featured "Policies and Law for Entrepreneurship". It was chaired by IISL Vice President Kai-Uwe Schrogl with Ingo Baumann amongst the speakers.
  • Nominations for new IISL membership (Full Members, Prospective members, and Institutional Members) are due August 1.
  • All IISL Members are encouraged to update their personal profiles and check their contact details at

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 continue until 15 July 2015
Voting is conducted using the electronic IISL member website at

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.
Member Highlights
  • Frans von der Dunk has accepted a new position as the Senior Advisor on Space Law and Policy with the newly-established United Arab Emirates Space Agency. Congratulations on this exciting development!
  • All IISL Members are encouraged to update their personal profiles at
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IISL Membership

The IISL looks forward to continue growing, and including young professionals as well as seasoned practitioners in its membership. Applications/nominations for new members are due by August 1st, to be considered in October's Board of Directors' Meeting. 
Membership categories are: 
  • Individual Members; 
  • Institutional Members; 
  • Prospective Members.
IISL members considering nominating someone, or someone interested in applying for membership may download the nomination /application form from 

Please be sure to follow all instructions for the submission of application materials, including submitting the application in Microsoft Word rather than as a .pdf.
Remember you can make a tax deductible donation to the IISL through the PayPal button on the IISL website.

Report of the IISL International Programme Committee (IPC) 

Coordinators: Lesley Jane Smith and Mahulena Hofmann
Assistants of Coordinators: Andreas Loukakis (University of Luxembourg), Olga Stelmakh 
(Ukrainian Parliament)

This year’s program for IAC 2015 is well underway with the IISL’s traditional seven sessions, two of which are arranged in conjunction with its partners, IAA and IAF. The colloquium commences on Tuesday, 13th October in Jerusalem with the 7th Nandasiri Jasentuliyana keynote lecture by emeritus professor Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz. We are honored that Professor Orna Ben Naftali, Professor of Jurisprudence and International Law at the College of Management Academic Studies, Israel, is co-chairing this session on space law and young scholars with IISL President Tanja Masson-Zwaan.

The remaining sessions over the IAC week relate to a variety of subjects, commencing with the relationship of international humanitarian law and territorial sovereignty with the legal regulation of outer space on Tuesday 13th of October (Session E.7.2, chairs: Prof. Steve Freeland and Dr. Ulrike Bohlmann). A particularly attractive session will be the discussion on the role of space law in media and movies scheduled for Wednesday 14th of October (Session E.7.3, Chairs: Melissa Force and Prof. Steve Mirmina). Thereafter, the meetings take a look at pending legal issues of space traffic management will be addressed (Session E.7.4, Chairs: Corinne Jorgensen and Dr. Jana Robinson), also held on Wednesday 14th of October. The annual overview of recent developments in space law will be held on Friday 16th of October (Session E.7.5, Chairs: Dr. Martha Mejia-Kaiser and Prof. Sa’id Mosteshar). All these sessions are a vital contribution to this year’s 58th Symposium on the Law relating to Outer Space to be held in Jerusalem.

This year, the traditional Thursday morning IAA/IISL Joint Scientific Legal Round Table discusses the role of universities as actors (Chairs: Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Prof. Hermann Steyn). This generally finishes in time for members to attend the final round of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court that are regularly held on the Thursday afternoon. The very last session takes place on Friday, 16th of October, with the joint IAF/IISL meeting on the legal framework for collaborative space activities (Session E7.7./B3.7: Chair Dr. Schmidt-Tedd, Cristian Bank). This symposium traditionally marks the final session, and with this, the close out for IISL of its annual symposium.

The IISL continues to implement its policy for IAC of selecting those abstracts of highest quality. With the increasing number of manuscripts lodged, notably from younger scholars, not all manuscripts are selected for final presentation. Your IPC would like to recommend IISL members also to consider the option of submitting papers for review in the poster presentation sessions. This is a growing forum for your attention. Posters submitted for presentation are also then examined by an inter-disciplinary jury and may be selected for award. Awards are available across each discipline, with one for social sciences.

This year, 24 abstracts have been recommended for presentation as posters. We wish those members great success in the final selection of winners!

Please remember note that the deadline for loading your manuscripts is 24th of September 2015.

Further information on the subjects to be addressed at IAC 2016 will be made available in this Newsletter as from October. 
Your IPC Team

Manfred Lachs Space Law
Moot Court Competition
European Regional Round
The European Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition took place at the Union University Law School Belgrade, Serbia.
Winner of the European Regional Round:
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Edinburgh University, UK
Best Overall Memorial Score:
University of Cologne (IASL), Germany
Best Oralists of Preliminary Rounds:
Bartlomeij Geralt and Michal Kowalski, both from University of Łódź, Poland.
Best Newcomer:
Edinburgh University, UK
The Manfred Lachs Moot Court Committee is sincerely thankful to the European Centre of Space Law, ESA and the Union University Law School Belgrade, in Belgrade, Serbia, for the excellent organization of this event. We also thank all the teams and judges for their enthusiasm and dedication to make this a superb event.

The Manfred Lachs Moot Court Committee is deeply thankful to Prof. Dr. Sergio Marchisio, ECSL Point of Contact, for leading the excellent organization of the European Regional in lovely Belgrade, Serbia. We thank him and all the involved in the organization for spreading knowledge of space law.

Events Calendar

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