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No. 3 – March 2017
  •  Notes and Announcements
  • 2017 IISL Colloquium - Call for Abstracts Extended until March 7
  • IISL/ECSL Space Law Symposium on Asteroid Mining 
  • ECSL Practitioners Forum & Small Satellites Workshop
  • IISL Call for Candidates
  • IISL Proceedings Now Online
  • IISL Book Publication - the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
  • Events Calendar 
Notes and Announcements
  • The 56th COPUOS Legal Subcommittee begins March 27. The IISL / ECSL Space Law Symposium is on the first day of the Legal Subcommittee, and this year's symposium will focus on space mining.
  • The calendar of the 2017 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court is now online at:
60th IISL Colloquium
on the Law of Outer Space
at IAC 2017 Adelaide

Call for Abstracts
Extended to 7 March 2017

This year’s IAC takes place in Adelaide from to September 23-27th 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 now that there are several days left. 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 sessions are looking at the following subjects:
  1. 9th Nandasiri Jasentuliyana Keynote Lecture on Space Law and Young Scholars Session
  2. ‘NewSpace’, New Laws/ How governments can foster new space activities
  3. Refugees and the role of space communications/Status and Practice of Charter for Man-made Disasters
  4. Space law Developments in Asia-Pacific: Diverging national space legislation with regard to the applicability of space law to suborbital flights
  5. Current Developments in Space Law
  6. Joint IAF/IISL Session on Legal Framework for Collaborative Space Activities
  7. Interactive Presentations
Please note that young scholars are requested to submit their abstracts only within the first session, the 9th Nandasiri Jasentuliyana Keynote Lecture on Space Law and Young Scholars.

With the increasing number of excellent papers every year, IISL now offers a poster session. 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 that were submitted to other sessions but not selected will be offered a possibility to present at the presentation session.

Deadline: 7 March 2017.

International Institute of Space Law (IISL)  / European Centre for Space Law (ECSL)

Space Law Symposium 2017 

Legal models for exploration, exploitation and utilization of space resources 50 years after the adoption of the Outer Space Treaty 

Monday, 27 March 2017
15.00 – 18.00
Board Room D, Building C
Vienna International Centre

Vienna, Austria
“Space Mining” is regarded as a highly promising area of space activities with potentially huge economic benefits. It provides space exploration, whether robotic or human, with a bright and exciting perspective. It, however, also evokes questions and criticism. Exploiting space resources might lag some decades behind deep seabed mining, but such enormous endeavours need considerable time to develop. In addition, the world community will have to find the appropriate approach to organize the exploitation of space resources. 

This Symposium takes up questions, which have already been raised in the course of the debates on the implementation of the legal instruments governing space activities. It intends to approach them from a multitude of perspectives thus providing new aspects, ideas and impetus for the dialogue amongst the Member States of UNCOPUOS during their formal deliberations.
European Centre for Space Law (ECSL)
2017 Practitioners Forum
Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Mega-Constellations
March 17 at ESA HQ, Paris
The European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) will hold the annual 1 day Practitioners Forum at the Headquarters of the European Space Agency on March 17. This year's forum will focus on the legal & regulatory aspects of mega-constellations.

Only ECSL members may participate in the Practitioners’ Forum, and you are invited to become a Member in advance of the event to ensure your place is confirmed.

The deadline for registering for this event is Friday 10 March 2017. 

European Centre for Space Law (ECSL)
Tech, Business & Regulatory Industry

Workshop on Small Satellites
April 13 at ESTEC
The European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), in collaboration with the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University (IIASL), Innovative Solutions in Space BV in Delft, and SpaceNed (the branch organisation of space companies in the Netherlands), will be organizing the second edition of ECSL's Tech, Business & Regulatory Industry Workshop - the Small Satellites Tech, Business & Regulatory Industry Workshop - at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands on 13 April 2017. 
Registration is free of charge but mandatory,

IISL Call for Candidates

Dear IISL Member,
The IISL Election Committee, currently comprising Prof. José Monserrat Filho, Prof. Jonathan Galloway, and Dr. Olga Stelmakh (Chair), invites you to take part in the 2017 IISL Board elections. All IISL Members are entitled to put themselves forward for the following elected positions on the Board: Treasurer (one position), Executive Secretary (one position), Vice-President (two positions) and Directors (three positions). The names of the IISL Board members whose term of office expires this year are available at
A candidate is to be nominated by an IISL Member in good standing and supported by five IISL Members in good standing, and must confirm that he/she agrees to be nominated. For further details please refer to the full terms of the IISL Statutes and By-Laws, available at
The candidates for the IISL Board positions are to send their Nomination Forms (an updated version will be provided shortly after the March Board meeting at, providing all the requested information, along with a Curriculum Vitae of one page at most (the template also to be confirmed and communicated after the Board meeting in March) to the Election Committee at at the latest on May 15, with the subject line “IISL Board Elections”. You will receive a separate email once the updated Nomination Form and CV template are available at the web-site.
In accordance with the IISL Statutes and By-Laws the Election Committee is authorized to draw up the list of qualifying candidates, supervise the election process, and count the votes.
Voting shall take place between June 15 and July 15
During the 2017 Board elections votes shall be cast by IISL Members in good standing electronically via website.
We kindly remind you that nominations received after May 15 cannot be considered.

With best regards,
The IISL Election Committee

Prof. José Monserrat Filho
Prof. Jonathan Galloway
Dr. Olga Stelmakh (Chair)

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
IISL Book Publication

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

Events Calendar

  • March 7 - Extended Deadline for IAC Abstract submissions.
  • March 17 - ECSL Practitioners Forum, ESA HQ, Paris.
  • March 27 - IISL/ECSL Space Law Symposium, Vienna, Austria.
  • March 27 - April 7 - 56th COPUOS Legal Subcommittee, Vienna, Austria.
  • April 13 - ECSL Small Satellite Conference, ESTEC, Netherlands.
  • May 5 - 6 - Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance, Montreal, Canada.
  • May 15 - Deadline for Call for IISL Candidates.
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