About the IISL

iisl11Space law
is an area of the law that encompasses national and international law governing activities in outer space.

The inception of the field of space law began with the launch in October 1957 of the world’s first artificial satellite, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic’s Sputnik 1. Since then, space law has evolved and assumed more importance as humankind has increasingly come to use and rely on space-based resources.

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 the development of space law. It also includes the studies of legal and social science aspects of the exploration and use of outer space and the holding of meetings, colloquia and competitions on juridical and social science aspects of space activities.

General Assembly – Guadalajara 2016

Since its inception, the IISL has held annual colloquia on space law, the proceedings of which are published. The IISL presently has individual and institutional elected members from over 40 countries who are distinguished for their contributions to space law development.

The governing body of the Institute is the Board of Directors, which consists of the President, Presidents Emeriti, two Vice-Presidents, the Executive Secretary, the Treasurer and twelve other Members. The General Meeting of Members convenes once a year during the Colloquium.

To discharge responsibilities set out in the IISL Statutes, various permanent and ad hoc committees are established, such as the Standing Committee on the Status of International Agreements Relating to Activities in Outer Space.

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Founded in 1960, the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) is an independent non-governmental organisation dedicated to fostering the development of space law. The membership of the Institute is composed of elected individuals and institutions from almost fifty countries elected on the basis of their contributions to the field of space law or other social …

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Standing committee

At the meeting of the IISL Board of Directors held at Brighton, United Kingdom, in October 1987, the Board decided to create a Standing Committee of the Institute to prepare and submit at each annual Colloquium a report on the status of agreements relating to activities in outer space. Institute members who can contribute substantively …

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The Institute was officially established as an association under Dutch law in 2007. Before that, the Institute was part of the International Astronautical Federation, which founded it in 1960. The Statutes and Bylaws of the IISL are adopted by the General Assembly of members which meets each year during the International Astronautical Congress. In 2013, …

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Board of directors

The Board of Directors is elected by the General Assembly and is responsible for the efficient and effective management and supervision of the activities and affairs of the Institute in accordance with its Statutes and Bylaws. The Board meets twice per year and is composed of twenty-one members, five of whom serve as Officers (President, …

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The following information contains excerpts from the IISL Statutes and Bylaws.¬†Specific reference is made to Article III of the IISL Statutes and Article 3 of the Bylaws. NOTE: The membership application, duly completed, must be submitted in PDF and in MS Word. Election of new Members by the Board of Directors takes place twice a …

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Institutional Members

Meet our institutional members China Institute of Space Law The China Institute of Space Law (CISL) was founded in 1992 by five institutional members, which include China’s former Ministry of Aerospace Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,the former Commission of Science and Technology, the former Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND), …

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Financial matters

Financial statements The annual financial statement covers each fiscal year and includes: The balance sheet The profit and loss statement Notes Annual statements 2018 Financial Statement Remuneration and reimbursement policy Remuneraton and Reimbursement Policy

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