Prof. Dr Maureen Williams (UK/Argentina)
current term: 2015-2018
Educated at the Universities of Buenos Aires, Paris, Oxford and London. Master of Laws (LL.M), University College, London University. Doctor of Law and Social Sciences, First Class Honours, Faculty of Law, University of Buenos Aires.
Maureen Williams is currently Senior Career Scientist (“investigadora superior”), Conicet – National Council for Scientific Research of Argentina. Fields of work: International Law and Relations, International Environmental Law, Space Law. Director of research projects in international law and space law (Conicet/University of Buenos Aires).
President of the International Space Law Committee of the International Law Association (ILA – London) since 2001 and “permanent observer” to Copuos. Formerly general rapporteur of the ILA Space Law Committee 1988-2001. Member, by co-option ad personam, of the Executive Council of the International Law Association (Headquarters, London). Professor of Public International Law, University of Buenos Aires (public university), and professor of International Relations, University of Belgrano (private), Buenos Aires, Argentina. Head of the ILA delegation to the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development. Rapporteur, Unispace III Workshop on Space Law in the Twenty-First Century, 1999. Participant in “Project 2001 – Legal Framework for the Commercial Use of Outer Space” (Cologne University). Member, inter alia, of the Institut International de Droit Spatial (member of the board of directors), full member of the International Academy of Astronautics, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the Ibero American Institute of Air and Space Law (Executive Council). Hon. Adviser on international space law, CONAE (national space agency of Argentina). Sole author of a number of books and around 30 articles and book chapters published in the UK, Argentina, USA, France, Germany, Spain, etc., in the field of international law and space law.