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Frans von der Dunk

Prof. Dr Frans G. von der Dunk (Netherlands)

current term: 2014-2017


Professor Dr. Frans G. von der Dunk currently holds the Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni/ Othmer Chair of Space Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in the United States. He also is Director of Black Holes BV, Consultancy in space law and policy, based in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Prof. Von der Dunk was awarded the IISL Distinguished Service Award in October 2004, and the IAA Social Science Award in October 2006.

He has written well over 120 articles and published papers, has given more than 100 presentations at international meetings and was visiting professor at some 25 foreign universities across the world on subjects of international and national space law and policy, international air law and public international law. He has (co-)organised some 20 international symposia, workshops and other events, and has been (co- )editor of a number of publications and proceedings. He is the Series Editor of ‘Studies in Space Law’, published by Brill. In addition, he has given a range of interviews to the international media on issues of space law and policy.

Prof. Von der Dunk has served as adviser to a number of governments, the European Commission, ESA, the United Nations, the OECD, various national space agencies, the Association of Space Explorers, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, and a number of companies.

He is Director Public Relations of IISL, Member of the Board of ECSL, and Member of the ILA Committee on Space Law. He is also Member of the International Editorial Board of ‘Space Policy’. Further memberships include: European Space Sciences Committee of the European Space Foundation, American Branch of ILA, the IBA Section on Business Law, Committee Z on Outer Space Law, the International Policy Advisory Committee of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, AIAA, and the CIDA-E.