Gabriel Lafferranderie 1941-2016
Dear Members of IISL,
We received the sad news that Dr. Gabriel Lafferranderie has passed away, aged 75. He was known in particular as the Founder and long-time President of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) and as a high-profile space law practitioner as Legal Advisor in the European Space Agency, ESA.
He was also, and the Institute is particularly proud of this, a very active member in IISL. Serving in numerous functions, he was awarded the recognition of Honorary Director in recognition of his immense achievements for IISL. In particular, the close links between IISL and ECSL, as expressed through the Manfred Lachs Moot Court or the IISL/ECSL Symposium at the sessions of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee, are based on his work. He was a true believer in space law and a visionary publishing widely on the benefits and prospects of space law.
We convey our condolences to his family and friends and keep Dr. Gabriel Lafferranderie in memory as an icon of space law and a great supporter of IISL.
Gabriel Lafferranderie, 1941-2016
IISL Board Member Marco Ferrazzani, currently ESA Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Services Department, has said remembering his work:
“Gabriel Lafferranderie has been my boss and predecessor as ESA Legal Counsel and mentor in space law. He played a substantial part in the drafting, implementation and interpretation of the Convention for the Establishment of a European Space Agency, thus ensuring ESA’s institutional stability and the coherence of the legal instruments adopted and contributing to the success of the major European space programmes.
Gabriel Lafferranderie played an active role in the setting up of space sector operators, such as Arianespace, Eutelsat and Eumetsat, an innovation that owes much to his capacity to adapt and give legal sense to institutional changes, required by geopolitical, economic or societal evolutions.
He was the leader in setting up of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) in 1989. We witness his personal dedication to the cause of developing and promoting the achievements of international cooperation and space law, with upcoming generations in mind.”