Category Archive: memoriam

May 17

Walter Thiebaut (1945-2018)

It is with great sadness that IISL announces the passing of Walter Thiebaut, on 19 April 2018 at the age of 72. He spent more than 30 years as a civil servant with the European Space Agency and its predecessor organisations, firstly at ELDO, then at ESRO. After his Doctorate in Law, obtained from KU …

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May 15

Patricia Margaret Sterns, JD (1952 – 2018)

Patricia M. Sterns was a longtime member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), and served two full terms on the Institute Board of Directors (1999-2007). She was an Honorary Director from 2008 until the time of her death. She served as a member and chair of the IISL’s Membership Committee for several years. …

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Feb 15

Dr George S. Robinson (1937-2018)

George Robinson graduated from Bowdoin College, Maine in 1960 with a BS in biology and chemistry. He earned an LLB at the University of Virginia, School of Law (1963), an LLM from McGill University Graduate Faculty’s Institute of Air and Space Law (1966), and the first Doctor of Civil Laws (DCL) degree awarded by the …

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Oct 19

Isabella Diederiks-Verschoor (1915 – 2017)

Professor Dr Isabella H. Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor President Emerita, IISL 1915 – 2017 Prof. Dr Isabella Diederiks-Verschoor passed away on 17 October 2017 at the age of 102. She was born in Amersfoort, the Netherlands on 29 July 1915. She studied law at Leiden University and practised law in Amsterdam for six years. In 1943 she …

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Aug 24

John B Gantt (1939-2017)

John Basil Gantt, Sr. passed away peacefully on August 14, 2017 after battling dementia. Many IISL Members may remember John Gantt.  John was very active in the Space Law Moot Court and judged the North American Regional Competition numerous times. John also enjoyed writing the Moot Court Problems, authored the 1994 Problem and co-authored the …

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Dec 28

Gabriel Lafferranderie (1941-2016)

Gabriel Lafferranderie (born October 10, 1941) passed away 8 December 2016 at the age of 75 years. He graduated from the Toulouse Institute of Political Studies and received the title of Doctor of Law from the Faculty of Law in Toulouse in 1966 for a thesis on the legal regime of satellites. This thesis, and …

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Apr 22

Nicolas Mateesco Matte (1913-2016)

The International Institute of Space Law is sad to announce the death of Nicolas Mateesco Matte, OC, QC, FRSC on 13 April at the age of 102 years. Throughout his distinguished academic career, Nicolas Mateesco Matte continually helped to advance the cause of international air and space law. Prof. Matte was deeply involved with IISL …

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Jun 10

Prof. Dr Yuri Kolosov (1934-2015)

The IISL notes with sadness the death of esteemed and colleague Yuri Kolosov, who made a particularly significant contribution to the development of the principles of International Space Law. He lectured on diverse issues of International Law at many universities all over the world and authored over 250 publications, including 5 monographs. He was widely …

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May 31

Prof. Dr Priyatna Abdurrasyid (1930-2015)

Pioneer of Air and Space Law Education in Indonesia, Prof.Dr. Priyatna Abdurrasyid passed away in Jakarta-Indonesia on Friday, May 22nd of 2015 at the age of 85 years old. It is a big loss for Indonesia as he passed away when the Asia Pacific Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition organized by the International …

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Nov 20

Professor Gennady Zhukov (1924-2014)

Professor Gennady Zhukov (1924-2014) Former Vice-President and Honorary Director, IISL Gennady Petrovich Zhukov was born in Moscow on 30 April 1924. As a teenager, he fought for the Soviet Union in the Second World War. In August 1941 he was hospitalized for shrapnel wounds but resumed military duties on the front from May to December …

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