Space Law

The Fifth Report of the Committee on Legal Aspects of the Privatisation and Commercialisation of Space Activities: Remote Sensing and National Space legislation, covering the Berlin (2004), Toronto (2006), Rio de Janeiro (2008) and Hague Conferences (2010) was adopted at the ILA Seventy-Fifth Conference in Sofia (August 2012). In addition to the activities resulting from its established and continuing relationship with the UN institutions dealing with space law, the Committee has now become involved in research and discussion on (1) dispute settlement and the 2011 PCA Rules for Arbitration, (2) the legal as aspects of suborbital flights, (3) the use of satellite data in court and other recent applications of space technologies and (4) new developments on space debris. Results, ideas and some preliminary conclusions on these matters will be included in a First Report of the Committee to the Seventy-Sixth ILA Conference, Washington DC (7-12 April 2014).

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  • Committee: Space Law
  • Committee Type: Current
  • Contact: Professor Maureen Williams
  • Address:
    Professor of Public International Law
    University of Buenos Aires
    Migueletes 923
    Buenos Aires
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Committee Officers:

  • Professor Maureen Williams, Chair
  • Professor Stephan Hobe, Rapporteur

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  • Professor Vladimir Kopal

    Professor Maureen Williams, chair of the ILA Space Law Committee, announces with great sorrow the passing of Professor Vladimir Kopal on 27 January 2014 in Prague. He was a longstanding and distinguished member of the ILA and its Space Law Committee to which, with the authority of his experience, he contributed over the years. He was 'special rapporteur' on the 'United Nations Registration Convention' at ILA London Conference in 2000 and attended many of our Biennial Conferences accompanied by his wife Vlasta. Their kindness and simplicity greatly endeared them to us all.
  • IISL Press Release October 2013

    IISL Press Release October 2013
  • 50 Years of Women in Space - UN COPOUS June 2013

    Professor Maureen Williams, Chair ILA Committee on Space Law was chosen by the United Nations to participate on UN panel in Vienna marking 50 years of women in space.
  • Press release IISL 2013-001 - New IISL Statutes

    On 14 March 2013 the new Statutes of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), which had been approved by the IISL General Assembly in Naples, Italy, in October 2012, were passed by the Dutch notary. Thereby registered officially under Dutch law, the Statutes entered into force immediately, as consequently did the new bylaws.
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