Defining the principles governing outer space activities

Space law is an area of the law that encompasses national and international law governing activities in outer space.

The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) was founded in 1960. The purposes and objectives of the Institute include the cooperation with appropriate international organisations and national institutions in the field of space law and the carrying out of tasks for fostering space law development.

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4 Apr 2014 100 years anniversary of Manfred Lachs
27 Mar 2014 Regulatory needs for very small satellites
24 Mar 2014 Education Curriculum on Space Law
22 Mar 2014 March 2014 Newsletter issued
14 Mar 2014 McGill's Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance, Montreal, 29-31 May 2014
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The Young Scholars Fund was created in 2011 with the aim to further encourage the development of expertise and scholarship in the international legal regulation of outer space among those 35 years and younger around the world. Donations will be used to support the activities of the Fund.

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