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No. 11 – November 2016
  •  Notes and Announcements
  • Message from the IISL President, Kai-Uwe Schrogl
  • Book Publication - 25 Years of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court
  • Annual Highlight Paper Writing Competition
  • Member News
  • 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. Registration is now open via this link:

Message from
the President

Dear Fellow Members of the IISL,

Please allow me to cordially thank you for electing me President of the IISL. It is an enormous honour for me to lead the Institute and I highly appreciate the trust you vested in me. Between the election and its endorsement by the General Assembly, Tanja, the executive team, and I have accomplished an easy and efficient transition. Taking over from Tanja, who has tirelessly worked for IISL nine years as President and sixteen years as Secretary and board member, is a real privilege, since she hands over an IISL which has never been so well regarded and is more solid in its functioning than ever before. Consequently, for her outstanding achievements she has unanimously been elected as President Emeritus, the highest distinction the Institute can award.

IISL's strength is its diversity. It is a beacon for geography, gender, generation and background. Taking this as a key factor, I see my task as President along two lines: first, in further strengthening its role as the global, encompassing forum for exchange amongst experts in space law. Second, in providing decision-makers and the public with comprehensive advice on the understandings of space law; the IISL should not simply provide the one view, but take into account and reflect our diversity as an asset.

Based on this assumption, I see the Institute evolve around four distinct but interacting areas of activities:
  • The Manfred Lachs Moot Court as one of the most prestigious moot court competitions attracting each year three ICJ Judges to judge the finals resulting from a competition in four world regions.
  • The IISL Symposium at the IAC and the two other regular events, the IISL/ECSL Symposium at the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee and the Eilen Galloway Symposium as the key forums for exchange about space law.
  • The activities we undertake for the younger generation, which are further growing in substance and variety of formats such as the Young Scholars Session and the Diedericks-Verschoor Award.
  • The advice and communication we provide on space law alongside the approaches and understandings of space law concepts, to stimulate and substantiate the practical and the digital diplomacy for space activities.
Further to intensifying the standing of IISL in these four areas, I would also like to open up and enrich our work through more exchanges with technical experts (for example through our partners the IAF and the IAA) and with other legal communities (e.g. telecoms, cyber or trade). Space law is not a silo. The better we react on that, the more impact the Institute will have and the more we, the members, will enjoy inspiring and intellectually stimulating discussions. IISL's mission as a platform for such interaction and exchanges has almost limitless possibilities.

Not surprisingly, members come first! So, what are your views and expectations? Please contact me and share your ideas and visions for the Institute at Together with the President, you have elected an excellent Board of Directors, rich in ideas and experience. All the elected officers of the Institute share with you the wish to promote space law and make our Institute successful. Be engaged!

Thank you for your dedication to the IISL!
Kai-Uwe Schrogl

Request for Donations for the IISL Young Scholars Fund
The IISL General Assembly has approved that IISL members wishing to make donations in Honor of Jim Rendleman should consider making donations in his honor to the IISL Young Scholars fund. Donations are accepted at 

Please specify that donations are for the IISL Young Scholars Fund. 
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).
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 President Kai-Uwe Schrogl delivered a statement on international space law as a framework for technological progress at the recent First International Space Forum for Global Challenges, in Trento, Italy, on October 24. His statement is available at:
  • 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:
Remember you can make a donation to the IISL 
through the PayPal button on the

Events Calendar

  • December 7 - 11th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues of Space Law, Cosmos Club, Washington, DC.
  • January 30 - February 10 - 54th Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, COPUOS, Vienna, Austria.
  • February 28 - Abstract Submission Deadline for 68th IAC Adelaide, Australia. 
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