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No. 12 – December 2016
  •  Notes and Announcements
  • Request for Donations in Honor of Jim Rendleman
  • Book Publication - 25 Years of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court
  • IISL Cyber Law Working Group
  • Annual Highlight Paper Writing Competition
  • Member News
  • Call for Nominations - 2017 IISL Awards
  • Events Calendar 
Notes and Announcements
  • The 11th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues of Space Law will be December 7 at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC.
More details and registration at 

Request for Donations in Honor of Jim Rendleman
The IISL General Assembly adopted a resolution in Mexico requesting members to make a donation to the IISL Young Scholars Fund in memory of Jim Rendleman, who sadly passed away in August 2016. Jim was a great supporter of young space law scholars and enjoyed serving on the Moot Court Committee. Donations can be made via the donation button at:

Please specify that your donation is in Memory of Jim Rendleman 
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: 
For the time being, the IISL Secretariat has a few copies available (first come, first served) for a reduced price of €30, payable via the donation button at the iisl website (with a separate email to the secretary and the treasurer).

IISL Cyber Law Working Group
As the internet continues to encroach more on everyday life and interact with different domains, the field of cyber law will continue to grow in importance. As a result of this emerging field, the IISL would like to establish a Working Group, to be headed by Prof. Hobe, Director of Studies at the IISL, in order to openly discuss the topic and look closer at IISL’s involvement with cyber law. Such questions that could be asked include:
  • What entities have the competency to regulate the structure and architecture of cyberspace as well as the activities in cyberspace?
  • How do these entities interact with the space law regime?
  • Are cyber operations only a matter of national regulation?
  • Is international law applicable to cyberspace and cyber operations?
  • Is there a lex specialis for cyberspace?
  • Shall national regulations be coordinated to some extent and how should international law be developed to adequately regulate cyber operations?
All IISL Members interested in participating in the Cyber Law Working Group are kindly invited to express their interest by the end of 2016.

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 a

Member News
 IISL Board Member Frans von der Dunk recently spoke about space tourism and space law at the TEDxVienna in Vienna, Austria. The video is here:
IISL Member Steven Freeland spoke as the Gala Dinner Keynote Speaker at the Canadian Space Society's 15th Annual Summit, held in Winnipeg 13-15 November. The Gala Dinner was held in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights and Prof. Freeland spoke about the intersection between the use of space, international human rights, and their joint impacts on populations and societies.

IISL Member and Executive Secretary Dr. Diane Howard of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) recently organized and held the 3rd Space Traffic Management Conference in Daytona, Florida, the topic of which was "Emerging Dynamics". The conference website is at:

IISL Member and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Ray Purdy informs us that The University of Oxford has recently begun a new research study looking at the use of satellites in regulatory monitoring of fisheries (to detect illegal fishing). As part of this project, they are trying to assess the impact (and value) of the use of satellite technologies in other regulatory monitoring programmes, and to ascertain what legal applications are currently taking place across the world where satellites technologies are being used. The project is seeking the help of the members of IISL (who we think would know best about developments in this field in their own country) in answering these two questions:
  • Have there been any cases where satellite imagery has been used in courts as evidence (and was it successful)?
  • Has your Government/Agency used satellite data in any regulatory monitoring programme, or in individual cases (and if so for what applications)?
Please send replies to: 

Call for Nominations for
2017 IISL Awards

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 January 30, 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. 
Remember you can make a donation to the IISL 
through the PayPal button on the
 IISL Website

Events Calendar

  • December 7 - 11th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues of Space Law, Cosmos Club, Washington, DC.
  • January 22 - (Moot Court) Deadline for submission of Requests for Clarifications for already registered teams.
  • January 30 - Deadline for Nominations for 2017 IISL Awards.
  • January 30 - February 10 - 54th COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, Vienna, Austria.
  • February 28 - Abstract Submission Deadline for 68th IAC Adelaide, Australia. 
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