Space Law

In accordance with its new terms of reference the C'tee submitted its First Report on Dispute settlement, suborbital flights, use of satellite data (recent devs) and space debris in Washington at the 76th Conference of the ILA (April 2014). During this views were exchanged with the newly set up ILA C'tee on Sea Level Rise with which there was much common ground regarding the use of space technologies in the different areas of international law. Following usual practice, Part 1 of the Report -addressing dispute settlement, the use of satellite data in recent applications and the legal sides of space debris removal- was in charge of the C'tee Chair and Part 2 -on the legal aspects of suborbital flights- was addressed by the Rapporteur. The Washington session was well attended and included reps of the PCA and the US delegation to UN COPUOS. The C'tee will carry forward its work on the above topics for the advancement of concrete proposals to the 77th ILA Conference (Jo'burg 2016)

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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
  • Fax: + 54 11 4772 3662
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Committee Officers:

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

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  • International Institute of Space Law (IISL, Paris)

    The Chair of the ILA Space Law Committee, Professor Maureen Williams, is pleased to inform that at the 66th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation -IAF (Jerusalem on 12-16 October 2015), the results of the 2015 elections to the Board of Directors of the IISL were officially announced. Five members of the ILA Space Law Committee were elected for the 2015-8 term as follows: Professor Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Vice President), Professors Setsuko Aoki, Joanne Gabrynowicz and Maureen Williams (Directors) and Professor Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni (Honorary Director).
  • IAA Award for Social Sciences

    ‘Handbook of Space Law’(2015), a book published in the UK by Edward Elgar Publishing Ld., to which members of the ILA Space Law Committee contributed, has received the Social Sciences Award 2015 (International Academy of Astronautics-IAA, 66th IAF Congress, Jerusalem, 12-16 October 2015). The ILA Committee members involved are Professor Frans von der Dunk as Editor, and Professors Irmgard Marboe, Lotta Viikari and Maureen Williams as contributors.
  • Professor Maureen Williams

    Professor Maureen Williams, Chair of the ILA International Space Law Committee, appointed as Member of the specialized panel of arbitrators on space law disputes of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, United Nations (The Hague).
  • Space Law - Academic Dinners

    These academic dinners, held in the summer of 2014, included fascinating discussions on recent developments in the field. In the photograph Professor Bin Cheng, Dr Guoyu Wang (a newly-elected ILA Space Law Committee member) and the Chair of the Space Law Committee, Professor Maureen Williams. These dinners are expected to continue in the spring/summer of 2015.
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