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2015 no. 3
  • Notes and Announcements
  • Call for Abstracts: 58th Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space
  • Press from the IAA-IISL International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management
  • LinkedIn Discussion
  • UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee Observer Accreditation 
  • Donations
  • Events Calendar
  • Member Highlights
Notes & Announcements
  • The call for Abstract for the 58th Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space has been extended to March 2.  See below for more details.
  • Authors that presented at the 57th Colloquium are reminded that in order to have their papers published they need to submit a version in .doc or .rtf format in order to have it published in the Proceedings of the IISL.  Those that met the deadline are thanked.  It's not too late if you missed the deadline, though.  Please send your paper to the co-editors in chief at and .  
  • Remember as an IISL Member you are entitled to a 40% discount when you order The Proceedings of the IISL.
  • All IISL Members are encouraged to update their personal profiles and check their contact details at

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  has been extended to March 2, 2015.  

A Message from the Coordinators
Dear Colleague,

The IAC is the one place and time of the year when all space actors come together. Global, multidisciplinary and covering all space sectors and topics, it offers everyone the latest space information, developments but above all contacts and potential partnerships. Each year, the IAC changes country, theme and local organizer, enabling all to learn more about, and be a part of the world space scene.

The IAC is the platform by which over 40 administrative and technical committees support the Federation in its mission to advance knowledge about space and to foster the development of space assets by facilitating global cooperation. At its annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and other thematic conferences, the IAF brings its multidisciplinary and international network to life.

Hereby we would like to draw your particular attention to the IAC 2015 / 58th the Law of Outer Space organized by the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). The purposes and objectives of the Institute include the cooperation with appropriate international organisations and national institutions in the field of space law and the carrying out of tasks for fostering the development of space law. It also includes the studies of legal and social science aspects of the exploration and use of outer space and the holding of meetings, colloquia and competitions on juridical and social science aspects of space activities. Since its inception, the IISL has held annual colloquia on space law, the proceedings of which are published. The IISL presently has individual and institutional elected members from over 40 countries who are distinguished for their contributions to space law development.

The IISL Colloquium addresses various aspects of the law of outer space. This year the 58th IISL COLLOQUIUM ON THE LAW OF OUTER SPACE will include the following sessions:
  • E7.1. 7th Nandasiri Jasentuliyana Keynote Lecture on Space Law and Young Scholars Session;
  • E7.2. The relationship of international humanitarian law and territorial sovereignty with the legal regulation of outer space;
  • E7.3. The portrayal of Space (Law) in Media and Movies;
  • E7.4. Legal Issues of Space Traffic Management;
  • E7.5. Recent Developments in Space Law;
  • E7.6-E3.5. 30th IAA/IISL Scientific-Legal Round Table: Universities as Actors in Space;
  • E7.7-B3.8. Joint IAF/IISL Session on the Legal Framework for Cooperative Space Activities.

The deadline for IAC 2015 abstract submission is approaching (March 2). We highly encourage you to submit your abstract ASAP following the link (

We hope you join us for the IISL Colloquium and are looking very much forward to seeing you in Jerusalem 12 - 16 October 2015!
Press from the Climate Change Conference

The IAA-IISL International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management took place on February 26-28 in Kerala, India.  We hope to have a report from the conference in the future. Until then, here are a few press reports we've spotted that highlight the IISL involvement:
IISL President Tanja Masson-Zwaan presents a copy of the IISL Proceedings to the governor of Kerala, former Chief Justice of the Indian Supreme Court, P. Sathasivam at the IAA-IISL International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management.
LinkedIn Discussion - Draft Exploration and Use of Outer Space Act  

During the 2014 Galloway Symposium several presenters commented on one or more aspects of the proposed Asteroid Act. The comments addressed not only issues that were presented by the proposed Asteroids Act but also issues that were not addressed by the proposed Asteroids Act. 

We wish to continue the dialogue on these issues that was started at the Galloway Symposium. Consequently, we thought that one way to continue the dialogue would be to incorporate many of the ideas that were expressed in the Galloway Symposium into a new proposed bill which we entitle "The Exploration and Use of Outer Space Policy Act of 2015." In this way, we hope to provoke a dialogue by IISL members on the issues incorporated (or not incorporated) in such bill. 

It should be understood that this draft bill has not been introduced by any member of the U.S. Congress and it is not a proposal or an endorsement by the IISL. The draft bill is merely a vehicle to promote a vigorous discussion of the issues. 

Unfortunately we cannot post the bill here because of length restrictions. Therefore, if you would like to review the draft bill and participate in the discussion, please send an email to me at and I will send you a copy.

The discussion can be found on LinkedIn, but you will need to sign up for the service and join the IISL Group to view it.

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.

Remember you can make a tax deductible donation to the IISL through the PayPal button on the IISL website.


Events Calendar

Member Highlights
  • All IISL Members are encouraged to update their personal profiles at
  • Frans von der Dunk gave a presentation titled “Transmissions to Extraterrestrials and the Law: Where Do We Stand, Where Should We Stand?” at the Active SETI Workshop in Mountain View, CA on 14 February 2015.
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