Each year, IISL recognizes eminent and extraordinary contributions and services to the field of space law, and the advancing of broader objectives of the Institute through prestigious IISL annual awards. The annual awards are given out in five categories:

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

The last category of award entitled IISL Space Law Award for Young Achievers was introduced in 2019, to recognize meritorious contributions/outstanding achievement relevant to the field of space law or distinctive service to the activities, events or goals of IISL by young individuals. For a nomination in 2021, the nominated individuals should be below 40 years of age as of 31 March 2021.

The winners of IISL awards are listed beneath.

The Institute calls for nominations for the 2021 IISL Awards!

For submission of 2021 IISL Award proposals, the deadline is 26 March 2021.

Nominations must be submitted electronically to awards@iislweb.org by filling and e-mailing the prescribed form, and providing all the required information and documentation.

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.

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