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No. 2 – February 2017
  •  Notes and Announcements
  • IISL Proceedings - Now Online
  • 2017 IISL Colloquium - Call for Abstracts
  • Call for Nominations - 2017 IISL Awards - Extended until Feb. 28
  • IISL Book Publication
  • Annual Highlight Paper Writing Competition
  • Member News 
  • Events Calendar 
Notes and Announcements

IISL Proceedings
Now Online 

Eleven Publishing has now placed all IISL proceedings online in a fully searchable online portal.

IISL Online is the new online database for the annual proceedings of the Colloquia on the Law of Outer Space, including the IAA-IISL Scientific-Legal Roundtables, as well as the papers presented at the IISL-ECSL Space Law Symposia held on the occasion of the sessions of the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna, Austria, and of the Eilene M. Galloway Symposia on Critical Issues In Space Law. It also contains the reports and best written memorials of the World Finals of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. The online version is updated on an ongoing basis and features full searchability.

As with the printed proceedings and e-books, all IISL members get a reduction for subscription
60th IISL Colloquium
on the Law of Outer Space
at IAC 2017 Adelaide

Call for Abstracts
Deadline 28 February 2017

This year’s IAC takes place in Adelaide from to September 23-27 and IISL looks forward to welcoming as many of its members as possible to this annual event. IISL would like to invite those members interested in submitting an abstract for any of its technical sessions to do so. The success of the IISL Colloquium over the years has been due to the continued support of its members and authors contributing the legal discussion of issues relating to outer space and the law. This year’s session take a look at the following subjects:
  • “NewSpace,” New Laws / How governments can foster new space activities
  • Refugees and the role of space communications/Status and Practice of Charter for Man-made Disasters
  • Space law Developments in Asia-Pacific: Diverging national space legislation with regard   to the applicability of space law to suborbital flights
  • Current Developments in Space Law
  • Interactive Presentations
Young scholars are requested to submit their abstracts only within the first session, which is called the 9th Nandasiri Jasentuliyana Keynote Lecture on Space Law and Young Scholars.

This year’s IAA/IISL Joint Round Table session relates to legal issues relating to on-orbit servicing. Please note that the forum is for invited papers only and does not accept any abstracts. 

With the increasing number of excellent papers every year, IISL now offers a poster session that is visited by all IAC participants. Authors who wish to present, but are not in a position to be personally present during the IAC/IISL Colloquium are invited to submit their abstracts to this session only. Authors of the abstracts submitted but not selected by the chosen session may be offered the alternative of submitting to the poster session. Please remember that the session chairs are responsible for final paper selection.

Finally, authors are reminded that the final papers must be uploaded prior to the conference, along with an oral presentation. Authors are notified about the outcome after final selection during the IAF Spring Meeting in March.

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Details of how to register and upload your abstract:

Further Information on this year's Technical Program is at

Direct contact with IAF about abstract submission is available via

Call for Nominations for
2017 IISL Awards
Extended until Feb 28

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 2017 IISL Awards in the above categories to be sent before the deadline of February 28, 2017.

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. 

On behalf of IISL Award Committee, may I request you to assist in making/encouraging proposals for Awards which are important instrument to promote the Institute’s objectives and for motivating further the members of world’s space legal community to strive towards excellence.

Kindly recall that eligibility of awards extends from within IISL membership to even those outside (on a global basis) as set forth in the criteria. Awards nomination form and the criteria guide can be accessed at

As the nominations deadline is 28 February, 2017, your early attention to this matter will be highly appreciated.
Looking forward to your support and also seeing you soon,
With best wishes
Prof. K. R. Sridhara Murthi
Vice President, IISL and Chair, IISL Awards Committee
IISL Book Publication

Manfred Lachs Space
Law Moot Court Competition 

The First 25 Years

The Moot Court Committee of the IISL is pleased to announce the publication of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition -The First 25 Years, by Eleven Publishing. The book includes pictures and details from the first 25 years of the Moot Court, including the problems from each year. The book is available from Eleven Publishing at: 
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

Member News
President Emerita Tanja Masson-Zwaan and Member Neta Palkowitz published "Regulation of space resources rights: Meeting the needs of States and private parties" in the journal Questions of International Law

Board Member Dr. P.J. Blount and Member C.J. Robison (a team member of the 2015 Manfred Lachs World Champion team) published a law review article titled "One Small Step: the Impact of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 on the Exploration of Resources in Outer Space" in the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology
Dr. Blount also took part in a panel on Space Traffic Management at the AIAA's SciTech 2017, which can be viewed at

Member and Assistant Executive Secretary Chris Johnson published a piece in the Space Review on the 50th Anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty

Dr. Marietta Benkö reminds us of the 25th anniversary of the publication of Space Law: Basic Legal Documents, now reaching five volumes of 4500 pages

Member Dr. Olga Stelmakh informs us of the Fifth Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this May in Montreal, Canada
The IISL also sadly notes the passing of IISL Member Laurence Ravillon. 
The University of Bourgogne has the following page for Laurence:

Remember you can make a donation to the IISL 
through the PayPal button on the
 IISL Website

Events Calendar

  • January 30 - February 10 - 54th COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, Vienna, Austria.
  • February 28 - Abstract Submission Deadline for 68th IAC Adelaide, Australia.
  • February 28 - Deadline for submission of 2017 IISL Awards Nominations.
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