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No. 6 – June 2016
  • Notes and Announcements
  • Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Worldwide Results
  • IISL 2016 Highlight Paper Competition
  • International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2016
  • 2016 IPMC Young Professional Workshop
  • Member Announcements 
  • Events Calendar
Notes and Announcements
  • Voting for Board Positions in the 2016 IISL Elections will begin on June 15 and run until July 15
  • Registration is now open for the 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC). Register at Please Note: IISL Members receive an reduced fee when registering for the IAC.   
  • The 59th COPUOS runs from June 8 to June 15 at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria.
  • Results from all four regional rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court are below.

2016 IISL Elections
Voting for board positions in the IISL 2016 Elections will begin on June 15 and run until July 15. All IISL members who are eligible to vote are encouraged to do so. A separate email from the Elections Committee will follow with details, including a list of candidates and instructions for voting.

25th Annual Manfred Lachs
Space Law Moot Court Competition
 2016 Regional Round Results
Results from the Regional Rounds of the 25th Annual Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court are in. Regional rounds were held in Glasgow, Bangalore, Pretoria, and in Washington, D.C. 

With over 50 teams competing in national and regional rounds, this global competition has already been a great success in stimulating capacity building in space law and developing mooting skills around the world.
African Regional Round
In Africa, the 2016 regionals were held on May 26 and 27 at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pretoria, South Africa. The competition went very well, with participating teams from Mount Kenya University (Kenya), Makerere University (Uganda), University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Obafemi Awolowo University and Niger Delta University (Nigeria). 
African Finals 
The African finals were between the Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).

The first runner up is the University of Pretoria (South Africa).

The winner of the 2016 African Regional competition is the Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria)Philips Timilehin Adekemi, Toluwalope Oluwatobi Dada, Irene Inemesit Ekord, and Faculty Advisor Dr. Odunola Akinwale Orifowomo will progress to the finals in Guadalajara this fall.  

Best African Oralist
John Okoth Obera, of Mount Kenya University (Kenya).

Best African Memorial
Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria).
Asia-Pacific Regional Round
In the Asia-Pacific, regional rounds were held over at the National Law School of India University, in Bangalore, India, from May 5th through the 8th, with the participation of 20 selected teams out of 26 that submitted memorials. The teams represented the following countries: Australia, China India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, and Singapore.
Asia-Pacific Semi-Finals
The Asia-Pacific semi-finals were between Curtin University (Australia), Gujarat National Law University (India), National Law University, Jodpur (India), and the National University of Singapore (Singapore).
Third Runner-up is the National University of Singapore, comprised of Ms. Dana Chang Kai Qi, Mr. Wong Zhen Yang, Mr. Yiu Kai Tai, and Faculty Advisor Prof. Lim Lei Theng.
The Second Runner Up is National Law University, Jodpur (India). The team from National Law University was Mr. Mridul Godha, Mr. Shivesh Aggarwal, and Mr. Akshay Sahay. Their Faculty Advisor was Ms. Nidhi Gupta.

Asia-Pacific Finals 
The Asia-Pacific finals were  judged by Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz (US, Emerita, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Space Law), Prof. K.R. Sridhara Murthi (India, Director International Institute for Aerospace Engineering and Managements, Jain University, India & IISL Vice President) and Prof. Dr. Gurbachan Sachdeva (India, Center for Air and Space Law, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India).

Teams in the Final were Curtin University (Australia) and Gujarat National Law University (India).  The First Runner Up is Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (India) - Gayathree Dev Kalliyat Thazhathuveeti, Yuvraj Rathore, Tejas Rao, and Faculty Advisor Prof. Girish R.

The winners of the Asia-Pacific Round is Curtin University (Australia). Rachel O’Meara, Jocelyn Watts, Ricardo Napper, and Faculty Advisor Professor Dr. Vernon Nase will progress to the finals in Guadalajara this fall.
Best Asia-Pacific Oralist(s)
Mr. Pranay Lekhi from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS) (India) received the Asia-Pacific Best Oralist Award for the Preliminary Rounds, while Mr. Tejas Rao of Gujarat National Law University (India) won the Best Oralist Award of the Asia-Pacific Final.
Best Asia-Pacific Memorial
The Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (India), comprised of Ms. Gayathree Dev Kalliyat Thazhathuveeti, Mr. Yuvraj Rathore, Mr. Tejas Rao, and Faculty Advisor Prof. Girish R won the 2016 Asia-Pacific Best Memorial Award.
The Spirit of Lachs Award
The Spirit of Lachs Award was granted to the team from the Aerospace Research Institute of the Ministry of Science, Research & Technology, I. R. (Iran). Team members were: Mr. Behnam Salem Condory, Mr. Nima Abdollahzade, Ms. Mahsa Rezagholi, and Prof. Dr. Hamid Kazemi as their Faculty Advisor.
European Regional Round
The 2016 regionals were held on April 27-29 at the University of Strathclyde Law School in Glasgow, UK. Sixteen teams came from Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and from the United Kingdom.

European Semi-Finals
The European semi-finals were between the University of Cologne (Germany) and the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), and between the University of Strathclyde (UK) and the University of Leiden (Netherlands).

European Finals 
The European Finals were judged by Dr. Chris Newman from the University of Sunderland (UK), former Lord President of the Court of Session (Scotland) Lord Arthur Hamilton, and Professor Armel Kerrest, ECSL Vice Chairman and from the University of Western-Brittany (France).

The European Finals were between the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and University of Leiden (Netherlands).
The First Runner Up is the University of Leiden (Netherlands), a team comprised of Mr. Sam Jonkeren, Mr. Hamza Abdul Hameed, Mr. Rodrigo Fernandez Navarrete, and Faculty Advisor Ms. Neta Palkovitz.

The Winner of the 2016 European Regional Round is the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). Ms. Georgia-Eleni Exarchou, Ms. Filareti Filaretou-Kouimtzi, Ms. Sofia Stellatou, Faculty Advisor Mr. George Kyrialopoulos, and Assistant Faculty Advisor Ms. Georgia-Maria Kalogirou will progress to the finals in Guadalajara this fall.

Best European Oralist
Ruaridh Leishman from the University of Strathclyde (UK).

Best European Memorial
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece).
North America
In North America, the 2016 regionals were held on April first and second at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Eleven teams came from Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America.
North American Semi-Finals
The North American semi-finals were between University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA and McGill University (Canada), and between Georgetown University Law Center (USA) and University of Nebraska (USA).
North American Finals 
The North American finals, judged by Laura Montgomery of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Mick Schlabs of NASA, and Chuck Dickey from Lockheed Martin. The Finals were between McGill University (Canada) and Georgetown University Law Center (USA). 

The Winner of the 2016 North American Regional Round is McGill University (Canada).
Mr. Aram Daniel Kerkonian, Mr. Julius Dunton, Mr. Ted Adam Newsome,  and Faculty Advisor Ms. Maria Manoli will progress to the finals in Guadalajara this fall.
Best North American Oralist
Mr. Aram Kerkonian from McGill University (Canada).
Best North American Memorial
Florida State University (USA).

World Finals 2016
The World Finals will be held September 27 -29 in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

For regional winning teams, the deadline for submission of memorials for the finals is July 27.

The World Semi-Finals between McGill University (Canada), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece),  Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), and Curtin University (Australia) will be held on Tuesday, September 27.
Two winners of the Semi-Finals will then progress to the World Finals, to be held on Thursday, September 29, to argue before judges from the International Court of Justice.
All attendees to this year's IAC, local members of the IISL, and friends and family of finalist teams are welcome to view the World Finals.

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!
2016 IPMC Young Professionals Workshop
The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is calling for young professionals to participate into the 2016 IPMC Young Professionals Workshop. This workshop seeks assist young professionals in the international space community to gain the knowledge they need to better develop and empower the next-generation workforce. The delegates will be working in teams on the workshop topics via Skype, email, Webex, etc. prior to the workshop with kickoff planned in June. The topics for the workshop have been defined by the Workshop Organizing Committee and IPMC:
Topic 1 – Agile, Low-cost and High-performance space projects (improvements to Project Management processes, methodology and tools)
Topic 2 –
Knowledge management in the aerospace sector (ideas on intergenerational knowledge exchange and transfer)
Topic 3 –
5 years of IPMC Workshop: Practice and Aspirations (updating and implementing past recommendations in practice)
Additional information on the IAF and the IPMC can be found at as well as

Questions regarding the the Young Professionals Workshop can be addressed to Nominations from IAF affiliated organizations are to be sent before June 20, 2016, to the Workshop Organizing Committee at
Member Announcements
  • Ingo Bauman is soliciting legal content for InsideGNSSInside GNSS and BHO Legal have recently set up a legal column, and are looking for articles covering all legal and regulatory aspects of satellite navigation, positioning, and timing. For more info on contributing, please contact Dr. Ingo Baumann at
  • Les Tennen and Patrica Sterns are editors of the newly-published “Private Law, Public Law, Metalaw and Public Policy in Space, A Liber Amicorum in Honor of Ernst Fasan”. Comprised of articles written by IISL and IAA members, the book is now available at


Events Calendar

  • June 8-17 – 59th Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), United Nations at Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • June 15 - July 15 - Voting for Board positions in the 2016 IISL Elections.
  • September 26-30 – 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2016), Guadalajara, Mexico.
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