15th Annual Galloway Symposium

15th Annual IISL Eilene Galloway Memorial Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law was held on 16 December 2020 as a virtual event.  The topic was Space in the Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Program included: Welcome & Keynote: Kai-Uwe Schrogl, President, IISL (presentation available) Session 1 – Moderator: Joanne Gabrynowicz, Editor-in-Chief, Emerita, Journal of Space Law Guoyu Wang, Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology, ChinaFritz Merkle, Life Director, U.S. Space Foundation, Advisor OHB Se, GermanyGopal V. Krishnan, Advisor, Centre for Air & Space Law, Gujarat Read more…

Russian IISL Members Hold New Year Essay Competition

In December 2020, a New Year essay competition for students from universities of Russia and other CIS countries was held to foster interest in space law during the pandemic. The competition replaced a traditional all-Russian meeting for IISL members and friends, which could not be convened last year due to the Covid-19-related restrictions. The organization of the competition was provided by IISL Board member Elina Morozova and IISL individual member Yaroslav Vasyanin with the support of IISL institutional member RUDN University (Russia). Students were asked to describe a legal problem Read more…

IISL Welcomes New Secretariat

After the IISL General Assembly P.J. Blount took over as the newly elected Executive Secretary and Emeline Inocente began her tenure as the Assistant Executive Secretary. P.J. Blount is currently a Research Fellow in Cybersecurity Regulation and Governance at SES and the University of Luxembourg, a position funded by an Industrial Fellowship grant from the Luxembourg National Research Fund.  He also serves as an adjunct Professor in the Ll.M. in Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi Read more…

60th Anniversary Book Published

The IISL is pleased to announce the publication of a book celebrating its 60th anniversary of the Institute. The International Institute of Space Law: Six Decades of Space Law and its Development(s) (1960 – 2020) was edited by Prof. Stephan Hobe and includes a wealth of information on the history of the IISL and its contribution to the development of space law globally.  The IISL would like to thank the Secure World Foundation for generously supporting the printing of physical copies of the volume!

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IAC 2021 – Call for Abstracts

The 72nd International Astronautical Congress will be held in Dubai, UAE, from 25 to 29 October 2021. The 2021 IISL Colloquium focuses on how the latest technological developments are impacting the development of the law of outer space, and on whether space law should embrace new fields of activities, such as cyber, within its scope. The 2021 IISL Colloquium session titles are: IISL Young Scholars session and Dr. Jasentuliyana Keynote lecture by a leading space law expert International cooperation on the way to the Moon Read more…

In Memoriam | JoAnn Clayton Townsend (1935-2020)

This memorial was authored and shared with the IISL by Marcia Smith. It was originally posted on 24 December 2020 on Space Policy Online. JoAnn Clayton Townsend, former director of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) at the National Academies and an AIAA Fellow, passed away last night from congestive heart failure.  She had just turned 85. JoAnn Clayton Townsend at her home in Maine.After growing up in Tulsa, OK, JoAnn traveled the world with her husband, Read more…

IISL Awards Nominations

[MEMBERS ONLY] The IISL is now accepting nominations for the 2021 #IISLAwards.  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 the 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 Read more…

January – February 2021 newsletter

Our newsletter for November and December 2020 is now available. Highlights include: Joann Clayton Townsend (1935-2020) News and Announcements 60th Anniversary Book Published  First IISL Happy Hour IISL Welcomes New Secretariat IISL Knowledge Constellation Launched Russian IISL Members Hold New Year Essay Competition 15th Annual Galloway Symposium  Calendar Member News To read the newsletter, please visit here. If you have items for the newsletter, please contact the editorial team of the IISL. Did you get our newsletter last month? If not, sign Read more…

First “IISL Happy Hour” held

14 February 2021. Yesterday, on 13 February 2021, IISL launched a new communication format for its members: the “IISL Happy Hour”.  It responds to the increasing desire of members to interact and the good experience made with virtual formats by the Institute, as recently the first virtual General Assembly. The IISL Happy Hour has been conceived by Vice President Setsuko Aoki, who will also be the host of this series of events. In the first Read more…

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Submit your abstract for the IISL Colloquium at the 72nd IAC in Dubai

The 72nd International Astronautical Congress will be held in Dubai, UAE, from 25 to 29 October 2021. The 2021 IISL Colloquium focuses on how the latest technological developments are impacting the development of the law of outer space, and on whether space law should embrace new fields of activities, such as cyber, within its scope. The 2021 IISL Colloquium session titles are: IISL Young Scholars session and Dr. Jasentuliyana Keynote lecture by a leading space Read more…