The Institute gives out annual awards in five categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Award of Appreciation
  • Certificate of Gratitude
  • Space Law Award for Young Achievers

The winners of IISL awards are listed beneath.

The Awards nomination form and guide can be found below:

This Award may be given in recognition of a person’s lifetime (i.e. generally 25 years) of exceptional and untiring (continuous) service to the space law profession and original contribution to the development of international and/or national space law and policy.

This Award may be given in recognition of a person’s about 15 years of outstanding and original contribution to the development of international and/or national space law and policy. This Award could also be given to a person in recognition of his/her selfless dedication and service to the IISL, inter alia, through service on the IISL Board and its Committees, representation of IISL to other bodies and fora, the organization and support of the annual Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition and other significant and sustained support of the Institute’s program and promotional activities.

This Award may be given very exceptionally to someone who has made an extra-ordinary and significant contribution, for over 20 years, to innovative approaches to the development and dissemination of juridical and social science aspects of space activities.

This Certificate may be given very selectively to someone who has rendered extra-ordinary service to the Institute; i.e. in recognition of his/her/their, (a) exceptional work on behalf of the Institute, or (b) outstanding support to the IISL in hosting/organizing IISL Colloquia, symposia, and/or Space Law Moot Court Competitions.

 This Award may be given in recognition of at least 5 years of meritorious contributions or outstanding achievement by an individual relevant to the field of space law developments or it could be in recognition of distinctive service to the activities, events or goals of IISL. The nominated individuals should be below 40 years of age (as of the date of the Spring Meeting of IISL Board for the relevant year)

The Prof. Dr I.H.Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor Award is granted annually by the IISL Board of Directors.

The Award is given to the best paper accepted for presentation at the Institute’s Colloquium by an author not older than 30 years and who has not published more than five papers in the Proceedings of IISL Colloquia.

A medal is donated each year by the initiator of the Award, Prof. Oscar Fernandez Brital from Argentina.

YearNameCountryAward
2019Prof Christian BrünnerAustriaLifetime Achievement Award
Mr Victor VeshchunovRussiaDistinguished Service Award
Dr PJ BlountUnited StatesYoung Achiever Award
Dr Fabio TronchettiItalyYoung Achiever Award
Dr Olga VolynskayaRussiaYoung Achiever Award
2018Dr George S. RobinsonUnited StatesLifetime Achievement Award
Mr Jason SteptoeUnited StatesDistinguished Service Award
China Institute of Space LawChinaCertificate of Gratitude
2017Dr Andrei TerekhovRussiaLifetime Achievement Award
Mr Niklas HedmanSwedenDistinguished Service Award
Dr Ranjana KaulIndiaDistinguished Service Award
Dr Michael DavisAustraliaAward of Appreciation
European Centre for Space Law (ECSL)
European Space Agency (ESA)
Certificate of Gratitude
2016Prof. Joanne Irene GabrynowiczUnited StatesLifetime Achievement Award
Dr Milton “Skip” SmithUnited StatesLifetime Achievement Award
Dr Irmgard MarboeAustriaDistinguished Service Award
Prof. Sa’id MostesharUnited KingdomDistinguished Service Award
Yvon HenriInternational Telecommunication UnionAward of Appreciation (joint)
Attila MatasInternational Telecommunication UnionAward of Appreciation (joint)
Indian Space Research OrganisationIndiaCertificate of Gratitude
National Law School of India University, BangaloreIndiaCertificate of Gratitude
2015Ms Marcia S. SmithUnited StatesLifetime Achievement Award
Prof. Dr Sergio MarchisioItalyDistinguished Service Award
Dr B. Schmidt-TeddGermanyAward of Appreciation (joint)
Dr M. StanfordUnited KingdomAward of Appreciation (joint)
Japanese Aerospace Exploration AgencyJapanCertificate of Gratitude
2014Prof. Dr Paul B. LarsenUnited StatesLifetime Achievement Award
Prof. Dr José Monserrat, FilhoBrazilDistinguished Service Award
Mr Dennis J. BurnettUnited StatesCertificate of Gratitude
2013Dr Marietta BenköGermanyLifetime Achievement Award
Dr Martha Mejia-KaiserMexico/GermanyDistinguished Service Award
Mr Philippe ClercFranceAward of Appreciation
2012Ms Corinne JorgensonUnited States/FranceDistinguished Service Award
2011Judge Abdul KoromaSierra LeoneLifetime Achievement Award
Dr Ernst FasanAustriaLifetime Achievement Award
Prof. Joanne GabrynowiczUnited StatesDistinguished Service Award
Prof. Datuk Dr Mazlan OthmanMalaysiaAward of Appreciation
Mr Scott HattonUnited KingdomCertificate of Gratitude
2010Prof. Dr Vladimir KopalCzech RepublicLifetime Achievement Award
Dr Sylvia OspinaColombiaDistinguished Service Award
Dr Jean-Michel ContantFranceCertificate of Appreciation
Year Name Country Award
2009 Prof. Dr Stephan Hobe Germany Distinguished Service Award
Judge Vladlen S. Vereshchetin Russia Lifetime Achievement Award
Mrs Annie Moulin France Certificate of Appreciation
2008 Prof. Francis Lyall United Kingdom Lifetime Achievement Award
2007 Mr KRS Murthi India Lifetime Achievement Award
Prof. Ram Jakhu Canada Distinguished Service Award
2006 Dr Lubos Perek Czech Republic Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr Leslie Tennen United States Distinguished Service Award
2005 Mr Ricky Lee Australia Distinguished Service Award
2004 Dr Frans von der Dunk Netherlands Distinguished Service Award
2003 Dr Kai-Uwe Schrogl Germany Distinguished Service Award
2002 Prof. Jonathan Galloway United States Distinguished Service Award
2001 Ms Tanja Masson-Zwaan Netherlands/Switzerland Distinguished Service Award
2000 Dr Milton (Skip) Smith United States Distinguished Service Award
Year Name Country Award
1999 Dr I.H. Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor Netherlands Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr Andrei Terekhov Russia Distinguished Service Award
1998 Prof. Carl Q. Christol United States Lifetime Achievement Award
Law Offices of Sterns & Tennen United States Distinguished Service Award
1997 Amb. E. Finch Jr. United States Lifetime Achievement Award
Bin Cheng United Kingdom Special Book Award
1996 Prof. Francis Lyall United Kingdom IISL Certificate
Dr He Qizhi China Special Certificate
1995 Judge Vladlen Vereshchetin Russia IISL Certificate
Dr Michel Bourely France Special Certificate
1994 Judge Gilbert Guillaume France IISL Certificate
1993 Dr Priyatna Abdurrasyid Indonesia Lifetime Achievement Award
1992 Dr Paul Dembling United States IISL Certificate
1991 no award
1990 Dr Reinhard Mueller Germany IISL Certificate
Dr I.H. Ph Diederiks-Verschoor Netherlands Special Certificate
Dr Eilene M. Galloway United States Lifetime Achievement Award
Year Name Country Award
1999 Dr I.H. Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor Netherlands Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr Andrei Terekhov Russia Distinguished Service Award
1998 Prof. Carl Q. Christol United States Lifetime Achievement Award
Law Offices of Sterns & Tennen United States Distinguished Service Award
1997 Amb. E. Finch Jr. United States Lifetime Achievement Award
Bin Cheng United Kingdom Special Book Award
1996 Prof. Francis Lyall United Kingdom IISL Certificate
Dr He Qizhi China Special Certificate
1995 Judge Vladlen Vereshchetin Russia IISL Certificate
Dr Michel Bourely France Special Certificate
1994 Judge Gilbert Guillaume France IISL Certificate
1993 Dr Priyatna Abdurrasyid Indonesia Lifetime Achievement Award
1992 Dr Paul Dembling United States IISL Certificate
1991 no award
1990 Dr Reinhard Mueller Germany IISL Certificate
Dr I.H. Ph Diederiks-Verschoor Netherlands Special Certificate
Dr Eilene M. Galloway United States Lifetime Achievement Award
Year Name Country Award
1989 Dr He Qizhi China Certificate of Merit
1988 Dr Stephen Doyle United States Certificate of Merit
1987 no award
1986 no award
1985 Dr Neil Hosenball United States Certificate of Merit
1984 no award
1983 Prof. K.-H. Bockstiegel Germany Certificate of Merit
1982 Dr Nandasiri Jasentuliyana Sri Lanka Testimonial Certificate
1981 Dr Carl Q. Christol United States Testimonial Certificate
Dr Vladimir Kopal Czechoslovakia Testimonial Certificate
1980 Dr Michel Bourely France Testimonial Certificate
Dr Martin Menter United States Testimonial Certificate
Year Name Country Award
1979 Dr Priyatna Abdurrasyid Indonesia Testimonial Certificate
Dr Lubos Perek Czechoslovakia Testimonial Certificate
1978 Dr Nicolas M. Matte Canada Testimonial Certificate
Dr A.S. Piradov USSR Testimonial Certificate
Dr Vladlen Vereshchetin USSR Testimonial Certificate
1977 Amb. E. Wyzner Poland Testimonial Certificate
Ms Kwen Chen United States Testimonial Certificate
Prof. S. Gorove United States Testimonial Certificate
1976 no award
1975 no award
1974 no award
1973 no award
1972 no award
1971 no award
1970 no award
Year Name Country Award
1969 Dr Gennady P. Zhukov USSR Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
1968 Dr Eilene M. Galloway United States Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
1967 no award
1966 Judge Manfred Lachs Poland Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
1965 Amb. Armando A. Cocca Argentina Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
Prof. Myres S. McDougal Canada Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
1964 Dr Yevgeny A. Korovin USSR Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
Prof. Cyril Horsford United Kingdom Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
1963 Dr Eugene Pepin France Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
Dr Ernst Fasan Austria Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
1962 Dr Alex Meyer Germany Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
Dr Antonio Ambrosini Italy Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award
1961 Dr John Cobb Cooper United States Andrew G. Haley Gold Medal/Award

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