The Vice-Presidents are Officers posted to the Board of the International Institute of Space Law.

K.R. Sridhara Murthi


The Vice-President is one of the Officers upon the Board of the International Institute of Space Law.

Mr. K.R. Sridhara Murthi serves as Senior Expert in the Office of Adviser to PM on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations in India. He is member of Interim Core Group set up by the Planning Commission of lndia for evolving the National GIS system.

He is a leading expert in space commercialisation and space policy with his rich experience in India’s space programme in key positions.

He served as Managing Director of Antrix Corporation, and also as Scientific Secretary of the Indian Space Research Organisation. He contributed extensively to technology transfer and space industry development programmes in ISRO and also served as a counsellor at the Embassy of India in Paris, promoting cooperation between space agencies! industry from Europe and India’s space establishments.

Mr Murthi has rich experience in promoting intemational cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. He was elected as Vice President of International Astronautical Federation during 1998-2002, responsible for relations with international organizations. He represented lndia as a delegate to United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), and had been a Trustee of International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

He has been the recipient of the Social Sciences Award of International Academy of Astronautics in 2003, the Astronautical Society of India Award in Space Systems Management in 2004, the ISRO Merit award in 2007 for Commercialisation and the Lifetime achievement award from the International Institute of Space Law in 2007. He has more than forty publications in national and international journals and is co-editor of the book “Perspectives in Communications”, published by World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore.

Setsuko Aoki


Career: present position: Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University, Japan (since April 2004); Previous careers include Associate Professor, School of Social Science, National Defense Academy of Japan (1994-1999) and Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University, Japan (1999-2004).

Education and Degree: Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.), Institute of Air and Space Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada (June, 1993); LL.M., Graduate School of Law, Keio University, Japan (March, 1985); B.C.L., Faculty of Law, Keio University, Japan (March, 1983)

Main present positions in the Japanese Government relevant to space law: a member of Space Policy Committee (Cabinet Office), a member of Telecommunications Council of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); and a legal advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Legal Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) since 2002.

Main Articles written in English after 2009. “The Function of Soft Law in the Development of International Space Law”, in Irmgard Marboe ed., Soft Law in Outer Space, Böhlau (2012), pp. 57-85; “In Search of the Current Legal Status of the Registration of Space Objects”, Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2010 (2011), pp. 245-261;“Japanese Law and Regulations Concerning Remote Sensing Activities”, 36 Journal of Space Law (2010), pp.335-364; “The “Necessary Legal Conditions to Promote Space Commerce in Asia”, Korean Journal of Air and Space Law, Special Issue (2010), pp.127-150; “The First Basic Space Plan of Japan: What Will Be Changed?”, Proceedings of the International Space Law 2009 (2010), pp.413-425; “Space Arms Control: Challenges and Alternatives”, 52 Japanese Yearbook of International Law (2009), 191-230; “Current Status and Recent Developments in Japan’s National Space Law and its Relevance to Pacific Rim Space Law and Activities” 35 Journal of Space Law, (2009)pp.363-438; “Space Traffic Management’ for the Prevention of Weaponization in Outer Space” Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2008 (2009) pp.154-170.