Category Archive: news

Jun 14

IISL Letter to US Senate

The IISL Board of Directors recently submitted a letter for the record to US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness May 23 hearing “Reopening the American Frontier: Exploring How the Outer Space Treaty Will Impact American Commerce and Settlement in Space.” The letter is available here: IISL Board Letter …

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Feb 07

IISL Proceedings now online

Eleven Publishing has now placed all IISL proceedings online in a fully searchable online portal. IISL Online is the new online database for the annual proceedings of the Colloquia on the Law of Outer Space, including the IAA-IISL Scientific-Legal Roundtables, as well as the papers presented at the IISL-ECSL Space Law Symposia held on the occasion …

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Feb 06

Call for Abstracts

Deadline 28 February 2017 This year’s IAC takes place in Adelaide from to September 23-27 and IISL looks forward to welcoming as many of its members as possible to this annual event. IISL would like to invite those members interested in submitting an abstract for any of its technical sessions to do so. The success …

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Jan 27

50 years of the Outer Space Treaty

Fifty years ago, on 27 January 1967, the Outer Space Treaty was opened for signature. As a successful undertaking in international diplomacy, and one that helped foster the global development of outer space as a realm of humankind’s activities, the importance of this event warrants reflection. Many experts in international law believe that the fundamental …

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Jan 26

The History of the International COSPAS-SARSAT Programme

From the IAA-IAF-IISL Advisory Committee on the History of Astronautics (ACHA), a report on the creation of the International COSPAS-SARSAT Programme has been published. The report is now online at the IAF website: Chapter 4 of the report describes in detail the very lengthy negotiations that led to the creation in 1988 of the …

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May 31

2016-17 Highlight Paper Competition

During the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem in 2015, the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) initiated an Annual Highlight Paper Writing Competition. The second edition of this competition is now open, the deadline for paper submission is 1 March 2017. Practitioners and non-student academics with a minimum of five years of space law …

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Jan 31

10th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium report

The 10th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law was held during December 2015. The resulting report entitled: Through the Looking-Glass of Time: What has been Achieved and Where it Leads has been made available. Download the 2015 Galloway Report here

Dec 20

IISL Position Paper on Space Resource Mining

The IISL has issued a position paper on space resource mining, adopted by consensus by the Board of Directors on 20 December 2015. IISL position paper on space resource mining

Dec 03

Recent national space lawmaking in the USA

On 25 November, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the so-called Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262). For the text, see The law encompasses four titles: Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (acronym: SPACE) Commercial Remote Sensing Office of Space Commerce Space Resource Exploration and Utilization. Title I essentially amends the Commercial …

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Oct 25

Highlight Paper

In the course of the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) confirmed its approval to sponsor an Annual Highlight Paper (Paper). 2015-2016 is the first year a Highlight Paper will be selected. All practitioners and non-student academics with a minimum of 5 years of space law experience will …

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