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No. 2 – February 2015
  • Notes and Announcements
  • IISL Membership Dues 2016-2017
  • New deadline 12 Feb: Nominations for IISL 2016 Awards 
  • Deadline 29 Feb: IAC 2016
  • Deadline 1 March: IISL Highlight Paper 2016 
  • IISL Position Paper on Space Resource Mining
  • GLIS 2016
  • IAC 2016 
  • Members Announcements
  • Events Calendar 
Notes and Announcements
Individual Sponsors
  • Elizabeth Back Impallomeni
  • Wendy Barnhard
  • Dennis Burnett
  • Axelle Cartier
  • Marta Gaggero
  • Diane Howard
  • Kimi Ide-Foster
  • Justine Limpitlaw
  • George Long
  • Tanja Masson-Zwaan
  • Maury Mechanick
  • Martha Meija-Kaiser
  • Peter Nesgos
  • Kai-Uwe Schrogl
  • Milton "Skip" Smith
  • V.S. Vereshchetin
Institutional Sponsors
  • Arianespace
  • European Space Agency
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Moon Express
  • Planetary Resources
  • Sterns & Tennen
  • University of Nebraska

IISL Membership Dues 2016-2017

At the annual meeting held in Jerusalem, it was decided to increase the annual membership for individuals from Euro 60 per year to Euro 75 per year. It also was decided, at the recommendation of the Audit Committee, that the period covered by the dues be changed from calendar year to fiscal year to be consistent with the fiscal year of the Institute.

Consequently there needs to be a transition for dues for calendar year 2015 (ending December 31, 2015) to the next Fiscal Year 2017 (which begins 
1 August 2016).  As you can see, the transition leaves a gap between the end of Calendar Year 2015 and the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017 of seven months. Seven months’ dues at Euro 75 per year equals Euro 43.75.

In order to reduce paperwork for the transition, and to avoid a cash shortage just before the beginning of the next IAC in Guadalajara, we have decided to issue one invoice to members that would cover both the gap and the next fiscal year.

Therefore individual members should expect to receive an invoice for Euro 118.75 to cover the periods from January 1, 2016 through July 31, 2016 (Euro 43.75), and for the Fiscal Year 2017 (August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017, 
Euro 75.00). We also will be asking members to voluntarily increase their contribution to Euro 120 to help cover deficits from the past few years. 

Lastly, at the General Assembly, it was agreed to allocate 10% of all newly collected dues to the Young Scholars Fund.

Call for Nominations for 2016 IISL Awards
The Institute calls for Nominations for 2016 IISL Awards in the above categories to be sent before the - newly extended - deadline of February 12, 2016.

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. 

IISL Highlight Paper 2016

All practitioners and non-student academics with a minimum of five (5) years of space law experience will be eligible; further details of eligibility and process can be obtained from the IISL Secretariat. The Deadline for submission of papers is March 1, 2016.

The reviewers for the first year are IISL Publications Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Marietta Benkö and Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, and Directorate of Studies Member Dr. Steven Freeland. In recognition of the approaching 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, the Board selected "The Outer Space Treaty 1967-2017" as the subject of the 2015-2016 paper.

Details at:

IISL Position Paper on Space Resource Mining 
On December 20, 2015 the IISL Board of Directors adopted by consensus and issued a position paper on space resource mining.

The position paper is available via the IISL website at
GLIS 2016
Global Conference on Space and the Information Society
Connecting the world via space – policies, technologies, and applications
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the IISL's sister organization the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) will convene the Global Conference on Space and the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland on June 6-7, 2016 at the ITU Headquarters.

GLIS 2016 will examine and discuss the different means by which space allows people to connect worldwide. GLIS 2016 will analyse in details the impact that space policies, space technologies and space applications have on the daily life of people, organisations and governments communicating and exchanging information around the world.
More information at:
IAC 2016 
67th International Astronautical Congress
Making Space Accessible and Affordable to All Countries!

Deadline for submission of Abstracts is February 29
The 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) which will take place for the very first time in Guadalajara, Mexico from 26 – 30 September 2016. The IAC 2016, co-organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will be hosted by the Mexican Space Agency (AEM).
This symposium organized by the International Institute of Space Law will address various aspects of the law of outer space and is structured in five sessions.
Lesley Jane Smith & Mahulena Hofmann 
For more information on IAC 2016, click here.
Looking forward to meeting you in Guadalajara at #IAC2016!

Members Announcements

Events Calendar

  • February 10 (Lachs Moot Court) - Deadline for the Author of the Moot Court Problem to give Clarifications of the facts.
  • February 12 (Lachs Moot Court) - Deadline for team registration for the African Regional Round.
  • February 12 - Deadline for submissions of nominations to the 2016 IISL Awards
  • February 15-26 - 53rd Session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), United Nations at Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • February 29 - Deadline for Abstracts for IAC 2016.
  • March 1 - Deadline for Submission of Papers to the IISL Highlight Paper competition.
  • April 4 - IISL/ECSL Symposium "40 Years of Entry into Force of the Registration Convention - Today’s Practical Issues", Vienna International Centre, United Nations at Vienna, Vienna, Austria. 
  • April 4-15 - 54th Session of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), United Nations at Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • June 6-7 - Global Conference on Space and the Information Society (GLIS), ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • June 8-17 - 59th Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, United Nations at Vienna (COPUOS), Vienna, Austria.
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