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2015 no. 2
  • Notes and Announcements
  • Call for Abstracts: 58th Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space
  • UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee Observer Accreditation 
  • Moot Court Chinese National Funding Round a Success
  • Donations
  • IISL Opportunities: Call for Applicants - Assistant Executive Secretary and Assistant Treasurer
  • Events Calendar
  • Member Highlights
Notes & Announcements

Call for Abstracts: 58th Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space

The deadline to submit an abstract for the 58th Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space  is 23 February 2015.  The Colloquium will be held as part of the 2015 International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem 12-16 October 2015.

The Colloquium is a great opportunity to meet colleagues and hear scholarship on timely space law topics.  Additionally, Colloquium attendees are able to attend the IISL annual meeting, the IISL awards dinner, and the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition World Finals.  Papers presented at the Colloquium are eligible to be published in the Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law. Visit the abstract submission guidelines for instructions.  This year's Colloquium topics are:

E7.1. 7th Nandasiri Jasentuliyana Keynote Lecture on Space Law and Young Scholars Session

In the first part of this session, the IISL will invite a prominent speaker to address the members of the Institute and other congress attendants on a highly topical issue of broad interest. The second part of this session will be especially dedicated to the space lawyers of the future, in that young scholars (under 35 years old) are invited to present a paper.


Orna Ben Naftali
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem — Israel

Tanja Masson-Zwaan
International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University — The Netherlands


Neta Palkovitz
ISIS- Innovative Solutions In Space B.V. — The Netherlands

E7.2. The relationship of international humanitarian law and territorial sovereignty with the legal regulation of outer space

The regulation of outer space is ‘embedded’ in international law, and the Outer Space Treaty expressly confirms that activities in outer space shall be conducted in accordance with international law. Given the rapid development of space-related technology, outer space is more frequently being used during the course of armed conflict, as well as for the purposes of the protection of, and threats to, territorial integrity and sovereign independence. As such, the legal regulation of outer space intersects with inter alia the principles of the jus in bello, as well as those of the jus ad bellum. This session seeks papers that discuss the significance of these interactions, with particular focus on precisely how and in what circumstances these ‘terrestrial’ areas of international law can be applied in practice to the unique environment of outer space.


Steven Freeland
University of Western Sydney — Australia

Ulrike M. Bohlmann
ESA — France


Simona Spassova
University of Luxembourg — Luxemburg

E7.3. The portrayal of Space (Law) in Media and Movies

Science-fiction and anticipation are closely connected to the history of the film industry, since its early days, with, from time to time, incursion within the legal or political aspects related to the human adventure in outer space. Under this topic, the presentation and representation of international space law and, more generally, legal or political aspects related to space activities would be reviewed and analyzed, with regard to their relevance and exactitude and with regard to the impact they may have on the large public. Papers presented under this topic could address a particular movie or provide a general analysis through a number of movies


Melissa K. Force
MK Force Consultants — United States

Steven Mirmina
Georgetown University Law Center — United States


Michael Chatzipanagiotis
— Greece

E7.4. Legal Issues of Space Traffic Management

The current amount of 10.000 man-made space objects larger than 10 cm including approx. 650 spacecraft and the fact that the number of launches as well as the number of actors (governmental as well as non-governmental) are growing lead to the expectation of a growing number of space debris in the future. This makes space traffic management necessary which may limit the present enjoyment of the freedoms of outer space: In the IAA Cosmic study of 2010 Space Traffic Management is defined as “the set of technical and regulatory provisions for promoting safe access into outer space, operations in outer space and return from space to Earth free of physical or radio-frequency interference”. Speakers in this session are invited to highlight legal problems and present proposals for the frame of the legal regime for space traffic management.


Corinne Jorgenson
Advancing Space — U.S.A.

Jana Robinson
European External Action Service-EU — Belgium


Olga Volynskaya
Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) — Russian Federation

E7.5. Recent Developments in Space Law

In this session, papers are invited to addres legal aspects of the most recent developments in space activities that have taken place since Spring 2014.


Martha Mejia-Kaiser
Independent Researcher — Germany

Sa'id Mosteshar
Chambers of Dr Sa'id Mosteshar — United Kingdom


Maria Pozza
University of Otago (New Zealand) — New Zealand

E7.6-E3.5. 30th IAA/IISL Scientific-Legal Round Table: Universities as Actors in Space

Over the past years universities in all regions of the world have become a new player in space activities. They get involved in various ways, the most prominent one being cubesat missions, but also experiments on the ISS or other missions are cost-effective and less complex means to gain access to space. Cubesats and the opportunity of secondary payloads also allow new cooperation between academia and industry, fostering spin-off effetcs and triggering innovation. University space projects often enjoy a higher participation of women, thus allowing an early engagement with the space industry, which may trigger future career changes. However, questions related to technical issues such as standardisation, legal boundary conditions and operation of cubesats and secondary paylods often are difficult to answer yet. And still, flight opportunities remain limited and operation via foreign ground stations is not always easy. Generally, there is potential to enlarge and enhance the involbement of universities in space activities. Issues, but also benefits for education, industry and agencies should be identified and debated. The 2015 IAA/IISL Scientific-Legal Roundtable is to address those questions, thereby allowing an interdisciplinary perspective.


Kai-Uwe Schrogl
European Space Agency (ESA) — France

Willem (Herman) Steyn
Stellenbosch University — South Africa


Marc Haese
DLR, German Aerospace Center — Germany

E7.7-B3.8. Joint IAF/IISL Session on the Legal Framework for Cooperative Space Activities

This session hosts papers on topics related to the legal framework governing collaborative space programmes, in particular governmental Exploration programmes and their preparations. For the IAC 2015, the session will put special emphasis on highlighting the impact of ITAR and similar export control regimes on the development and operation phases of collaborative international space programmes, including lessons learned.


Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) — Germany

Cristian Bank
EADS Astrium Space Transportation GmbH — Germany


Olga S. Stelmakh
Parliament of Ukraine / Business Media Platform Delo.UA — Ukraine

E7.P. Poster Session

UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee Observer Accreditation

IISL members wishing to be accredited as an observer at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Legal Subcommittee should inform the IISL Secretary at The LSC will be held 13-24 April 2015 in Vienna, Austria.  Members wishing to attend are responsible for their own expenses.

Moot Court Chinese National Funding Round a Success

We are glad to inform that past December, the China’s National Funding Round in December 2014 took place, the first event marking the beginning of the 2015 Lachs Competition. This Round involved a lot of organizational work and showed the enthusiasm of the young students with this year’s Moot Problem.Twelve Chinese teams representing 8 universities participated. The winner was China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) with Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) ranking as first runner-up.

Immediately after the award ceremony, the organizers offered a seminar on moot court capacity building, with Prof. Joanne Gabrynowicz as the first speaker, who had witnessed both the preliminary competitions and the finals. We are thankful to China Institute of Space Law (CISL) and the organizers, including Prof. Zhenjun ZHANG and Prof. Shouping LI for the excellent organization that made this event a success. We are sure that this Round not only gave knowledge to the participants but also served as a source of inspiration.
Remember you can make a tax deductible donation to the IISL through the PayPal button on the IISL website.

Our thanks to Michael Simpson for making the first donation of 2015.

IISL Opportunities
  • Call for Applications: Assistant Executive Secretary
The IISL is seeking applications for the unpaid volunteer position of Assistant Executive Secretary.  This position fills the critical role of assisting the IISL Executive Secretary in administration of IISL business. The person holding this position is responsible for assisting with managing the membership database, managing email contact with membership, providing on the ground support at the annual IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, among other duties.  Candidates should have strong writing skills; be proficient with computers, databases, and online platforms; be able to work as part of a team; and have strong organizational skills and an attention to detail.  The Assistant Executive secretary will be expected to attend the IISL Colloquium and General Assembly Meeting.  The IISL cannot cover travel expenditures, but will cover registration to the IAC. The term of service for this position is 2 years.

Applicants should send a cover latter, CV, and brief writing sample to by February 7, 2014.

  • Call for Applications: Assistant Treasurer
The IISL is seeking applications for the unpaid volunteer position of Assistant Treasurer.  This position requires some accounting experience or a willingness to learn these skills.  Tasks will involve reconciling membership lists in accounting system and membership list maintained by the Executive Secretary; preparing and sending membership invoices, reconciling bank account statements and accounting reports, entering accounts payable (bills from vendors), assisting in preparation of annual and semi-annual reports of the Treasurer and contributing to an IISL accounting manual.  The assistant treasurer will need to provide their own work station (computer) using Windows operating system and be willing to install the provided Quickbooks software.  There is no requirement that the Assistant Secretary attend meetings, but the successful candidate is welcome to join meetings at his or her own expense. The term of service for this position is 2 years.

Applicants should send a cover latter and CV to by February 7, 2015. 

Events Calendar

Member Highlights
  • All IISL Members are encouraged to update their personal profiles at
  • P.J. Blount has started Spatializations, a new website and blog with a variety of space law and cyberlaw resources.
  • Joanne Gabrynowicz testified before the Subcommittee on Space of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology United States House of Representatives regarding the legal aspects of asteroid mining on Sept. 10, 2014. Prof. Gabrynowicz was also awarded the Chinese Institute of Space Law's first International Service Award, "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to China's space law capacity building." 
  • A Handbook of Space Security - Policies, Applications, Programs in two volumes has just been published by SpringerReference with IISL Vice President Kai-Uwe Schrogl as editor and IISL Member Jana Robinson as one of four section editors. Other IISL Members contributed to this 1000 page work as Ulrike Bohlmann, Steven Freeland, and Jose Monserrat Filho.
  • Edward Elgar Publishers has just published a Handbook on Space Law edited by Frans von der Dunk. 
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