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IISL Newsletter - IAC Edition - August 2022

  • News and Announcements
  • IISL at the IAC
    • Schedule
    • Dinner Information
    • Thanks to our Sponsor
  • IISL/ECSL Symposium
  • New Members of the IISL
  • IISL Happy Hour - A Hommage to Prof. Bin Cheng
  • Report on the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
  • Member News


A Note on Payments

Dear Members:  As you probably aware, we suffered an outage of our payment system and no membership payments were received (other than direct bank transfers) from approximately 20 June until just recently.  If you attempted to pay and the payment was rejected, please try again by logging into  or by clicking on the following:  Products – IISL – Members (  If you did not attempt to pay but need to pay your dues, please also log in to make payment. 

Call for Links 

In these challenging times, it becomes important to have access to academic research products of the IISL community. A list with more than 200 weblinks of posted works in internet is available to all IISL members. For access, login here:   and select in the menu ‘Member’s Corner’ ‘Works on Space Law’. If you would like that your weblinks are included in the next updated list, send your information to Martha Mejía-Kaiser at  until 30 September, 2022. 
Call for contributions - IISL Space Law Knowledge Constellation
The International Institute of Space Law invites contributions on space law-related topics. Click here to discover all the topics:

We would be delighted if you agree to contribute to the IISL KC project with your expert contribution of up to 400 words (your original thoughts and views only) or / and non-traditional contribution (infographic, video, scheme etc.).   You could send us what is the most convenient for you: only a text, only an infographic, only a video, or combined, text and/or infographic and/or video.

IISL General Assembly
The IISL General Assembly will be held virtually again this year.  We will be in contact with the membership as soon as a date has been seleted.

IISL Statement at UNCOPUS
The sixty-fifth session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) this year is being held from 1 to 10 June 2022 in Vienna. Today, on 8 June 2022, during the morning session, IISL Executive Secretary PJ Blount delivered the IISL’s statement under Agenda Item 5. General exchange of views. The statement can be accessed here.

Proceedings of the IISL 2020

The Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2020 is now available from Eleven International.

An IISL members’ 40% discount is available for proceedings bought from Eleven. Members can receive their discount by contacting the publisher, Eleven International Publishing, at

IISL at the International Astronautical Congress

The IISL has a full slate of activities at the upcoming International Astronautical Congress to be held in Paris on 18-22 September.  Due to the rescheduling of the Paris Congress, our activities will be on a slighty different schedule this year. Below is our full schedule as well as information on the IISL Awards Dinner.
  • Saturday - 17 September
    • 10:30-12:00 - IAC SPS on STM, IAF TC26 Meeting (“Space Traffic Management: the IAF/IAA/IISL Initiative”) - Room number: TBC
  • Sunday -  18 September
    • 15:15-17:45 - E7.1 IISL Highlight lecture and Young Scholar session - Room number: S01
  • Monday - 19 September
    • 10:15-12:45 - E7.2 Dispute Settlement - Room number: S01
    • 15:00-17:30 - E7.3 Balancing Needs: Protection of Space Science - Room number: S01
  • Tuesday - 20 September
    • 10:15 -12:45 - E7.4 Space Sustainability - Room number: S01
    • 15:00 -17:30 - Manfred Lachs Space law Moot Court Competition World Finals - Maison de l’Océan
    • 17:30-19:00 - Cocktail Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court - Maison de l’Océan
  • Wednesday - 21 September
    • 10:15 - 12:45 - E7.6/E3.5 36th IAA/IISL Joint Roundtable: Autonomous Intelligent Systems in space: Operational and Legal Challenges - Room number: S01
    • 19:00-22:00 - IISL Awards Dinner - Mercure Paris Vaugirard Porte de Versailles, 69 boulevard Victor, 75015 PARIS (Registration info below)
  • Thursday - 22 September
    • 10:15-12:45 - E7.5 Safety Zones on Celestial Bodies and in Outer Space - Room number: S01
    • 13:45-16:15 - E7.7 Current Developments in Space Law with Special Emphasis on National Space Legislation - Room number: S01

The IISL Awards Dinner will be held at the Mercure Paris Vaugirard Porte de Versailles, 69 boulevard Victor, 75015 PARIS on Wednesday 21 September at 19:00.  The cost per person of this year's dinner is 105 and rgistration can be made at
The IISL would like to thank its sponsor for its IAC activities the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program at the University of Nebraska College of Law. Information on this program can be found at:
University of Nebraska College of Law, the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program

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

On the occasion of the 61st session of the Legal Subcommittee of United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) co-organized on April 5th 2022 the traditional “Space Law Symposium”, devoted to current and relevant topics of the field.

Addressing this year the topic “National Laws and Regulations to Ensure Space Sustainability”, the event focused on the implementation of the UNCOPUOS 2019 Guidelines for the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities”, considering actions at the national and international level designed towards the achievement of space sustainability.

The invited speakers represented perspectives from different space actors, pragmatically addressing current challenges and concerns in a collaborative effort to properly inform and support the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee towards next steps regarding sustainability of outer space.

In light of the on-going COVID pandemic, the event exceptionally followed a hybrid format. The programme is available at

Ms. Nomfuneko Majaja, current Chair of COPUOS Legal Subcommittee (right) Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, President of IISL (bottom left) Prof. Dr. Sergio Marchisio, Chairman of ECSL (top left)

New Members of the International Institute of Space Law

Congratulations to all new members of the IISL elected in the spring of 2022!

We are proud to welcome you as a part of our global community of people dedicated to the development of space law and the expansion of rule of law in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.

The Spring 2022 Cohort:

Institutional Member
Center for Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi School of Law [USA]

Individual Members
Anne Agi [Nigeria]; Almudena Azcárate Ortega [Spain]; Balázs Bartóki-Gönczy [Hungary]; Nicholas Beach [UK]; Isidora Jesús Casas del Valle Pacheco [Chile]; Alfonso Delgado Bonal [Spain]; Merve Erdem Burger [Turkey]; Ivan Fino [Italia, Slovakia]; Natalia Gorina [Ukraine]; Laura Jamschon Mac Garry [Argentina]; Lukas Christopher Jung [Germany]; Mathieu Luinaud [France]; Suyan Cristina Malhadas [Brazil]; Senjuti Mallick [India]; Siavash Mirzaee [Iran]; Martin Joachim Mittelbach [Germany]; Christian Packard [USA]; Angeliki Papadimitriou [Greece]; Albane Peltier [France]; Svetlana Popova [Russia]; Esteban Restrepo Uribe [Colombia]; Stella Schübel [Germany]; Alan Thompson [UK]; Tuana Yazici [USA, Turkey]

Prospective Members
Mario Barbano [Italy]; Max Orlando Benitez Rubio [Mexico]; Lakshay Beniwal [India]; Yuliia Blinova [Ukraine]; Charlotte Croison [France]; Alessia Di Veroli [Italy]; Sammia-Sarafina Elbakry [Egypt / Netherlands]; Katharine “Desie” Gibson [St. Lucia, USA]; Michael Gould [UK]; Katja Grünfeld [Slovenia]; Avani Gupta [India]; Geetanjali Kamat [India]; Gabrielle Leterre [France]; Cynthia Levinson [USA]; Argyri-Theodora Liameti [Greece]; Marina Lima [Brazil]; Angela Daniela Martinez Villafuerte [Mexico]; Lorenzo Miccinesi [Italy]; Gabriella Mifsud [Malta]; Valeria Pinna [Italy]; Marina Stephanie Ramos Huidobro [Brazil]; Pierre-Frédéric Siaud [France]; Elizabeth Treckler [USA]; Cristian van Eijk [Netherlands / USA]; Svetlana Vashurina [Russia]; Nikoleta Vasileva [Bulgaria]; Rodrigo Vesule Fernandes [Brazil]; Jerry Rian Khevyn Yao [Philippines]; Thaís Zandoná [Brazil, Italy]; Gustavo Zayas Rojas [Mexico]

If you have any questions regarding your membership of IISL or would like to share your experience with IISL, please contact our Membership Committee a The Institute works for its members!

IISL Happy Hour - A Hommage to Prof. Bin Cheng (1921- 2019) by the IISL

On 28 May 2022, 14:00-15:00 UTC, a special edition of the IISL Happy Hour- “A Hommage to Prof. Bin Cheng (1921- 2019) by the IISL” was held. Dr. Zhenjun Zhang, Executive Director of China Institute of Space Law (CISL) made a keynote speech titled “Prof Bin Cheng and his Success Stories as Master of Masters.” This was followed by three speakers who have personal profound relationship with Prof. Bin Cheng. They are: Prof. Maureen Williams, Honorary Chair of the Space Law Committee of the International Law Association; Prof. Sa’id Mosteshar, Director, London Institute of Space Policy and Law (ISPL); Prof. Tanja Masson-Zwaan, President Emerita of IISL, and Assistant Professor & Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University. Then, participants exchanged their personal memories of Prof. Bin Cheng and great influence of his works to them. 25 people attended.
The University of Vienna as "Local Organiser" of the virtual European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court 2022
After the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court in Vienna had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the Corona epidemic, a new attempt was made for 2022. Preparations began as early as autumn 2021, and a packed social programme was planned, starting with a welcome reception on the top floor of the Juridicum, an event at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), an excursion to the AustroMir exhibition at the Vienna Museum of Science and Technology, as well as a closing dinner in the Rathauskeller. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in February 2022, the competition had to be rescheduled again to a digital-only event in cooperation with the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL).

The European regional rounds were finally held virtually from 21 March to 28 March 2022. The National Point of Contact for Space Law (NPOC) of the ECSL at the University of Vienna continued to act as "local organiser", but in a modified form. A total of twelve universities from different European countries took part in the preliminary rounds. More than 50 Austrian and international experts in the field of international and space law participated as members of the three-member juries in the simulated court hearings and evaluated the oral pleadings delivered by the teams in English. The fictional case before the International Court of Justice involved legal issues arising from the use of 3D printers and other newly developed technologies to manufacture satellite parts, as well as a devastating collision between two satellites whose scrap metal severely damaged a military aircraft and caused it to crash.

After the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Kings College London, the University of Sofia, as well as the University of Leiden entered the semi-finals, the University of Leiden convinced in the final and was crowned the winner of the European Regional Rounds 2022. The team from the University of Cologne won the prize for the Best Memorial. Second place went to the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, whose team member, Georgios Chatzicharalampous was also awarded Best Oralist.

To give the participating students at least a virtual impression of Vienna as an international city, the NPOC team at the University of Vienna organised a digital tour of the United Nations premises in Vienna, in particular to introduce the Vienna-based United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). In addition, an online quiz on cultural, historical, political and geographical questions about Austria and Vienna was organised. This gave the students and guest judges the opportunity to get to know each other and exchange ideas.

Despite the adverse circumstances caused by the pandemic and the depressing background of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, traditionally a very active and internationally connected country in the area of space activities, it was possible to offer the participating students the opportunity to take part in this international competition and to test and develop their skills in space law. The Leiden University team will represent European universities at the World Final of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court, organised by the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), at the margins of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Paris in September 2022.



In a festive event at Graz, Austria, on 9 June 2022, IISL Lifetime Achievement awardee Prof. Dr. Christian Brünner academically celebrated his 80th birthday. At the event (programme here), dignitaries from Graz University and the Austrian and the regional government acknowledged the great achievements of Christian Brünner for establishing space law in academic research in Austria. IISL was represented by Alex Soucek as the welcome speaker and moderator and Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Sergio Marchisio as thematic speakers. IISL congratulates Christian Brünner and appreciates his achievements for promoting space law and inspiring the next generations of space lawyers through ECSL and IISL.

Member Ian Grosner is pleased to announce that he has taken up a position as a Legal Counsel and Deputy Head of the Legal Services department at the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), based at its headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil. The news (in Portuguese) is available at:
On March 23, 2022, as part of the Space Traffic Management Pilot Project contracted by the European Commission, the Catholic University of Leuven and the consulting firm Deloitte Germany submitted the advancements of their joint study during a conference organized by the DG Defense Industry and Space (DEFIS), at the seat of the European Parliament. Director Martha Mejía-Kaiser and Honorary Director Stephan Hobe participate in this study as members of the Advisory Committee.
Member Richard DalBello was appointed to be the new director of NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce (OSC), the coordinator of space commerce policy activities within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read the full announcement at
Recently, Globe Law and Business has published Outer Space Law: Legal Policy and Practice, which includes chapters by a number of IISL members. More information on this volume can be found at  The publisher has agreed to give IISL members a 15% discount on the volume, which can be caimed using the code IISL15 at checkout.
Member Xiaodan WU has published China´s Ambition in Space: Programs, Policy and Law as volume 27 of the Essential Air and Space Law Series (edited by member Marietta Benko). More information on this volume can be found at
IISL Member Rafael Moro Aguilar led a team to translate the first volume of the Cologne Commentary on Space Law into Spanish, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the elaboration of the Space Treaty. Dedicated to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 that is generally considered as the basis of International Space Law, the Cologne Commentary has primarily been edited by IISL Honorary Director Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Stephane Hobe, IISL Member Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd, and IISL President Kai-Uwe Schrogl. The translation will serve to promote the doctrine of Space Law in all Spanish-speaking countries. More information at:

On May 18, 2022, IISL Director Olavo de Bittencourt gave a lecture on Brazilian Launch Law at the University of Luxembourg, presented by IISL Director Professor Mahulena Hofmann and moderated by IISL Member Antonino Salmeri. This Lecture has been organized by the SES Chair and the Fondation Nationale de la Recherche, and was widely attended, with an interactive Q&A session.

IISL Member Dr. Mark J. Sundahl, a Professor of Law and the Director of the Global Space Law Center at Cleveland State University gave a lecture on the US Legislation for Space Launching Activities at the University of Luxembourg on June 9, organised by IISL Director Prof. Dr. Mahulena Hofmann, SES Chair.
IISL Director Prof. Dr. Mahulena Hofmann published, together with IISL Executive Secretary P.J. Blount, IISL Individual Members Antonio Salmeri and Laetitia Cesari Zarkan and IISL Prospective Member Gabrielle Leterre a book on the Space Legislation of Luxembourg. This publication presents expert article-by-article commentary on the laws, as well as the first offline publication in English of the laws otherwise only available in French. More information can be found at

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