Prof. Dr Mahulena Hofmann (Czech Republic)
current term: 2017-2020
Professor Dr Mahulena Hofmann is holder of the SES Chair in Space, SatCom and Media Law at the University of Luxembourg since 2011. She organises annual international workshops related to the new problems of space and telecommunication law, and has published several books collecting and analysing the contributions presented at these workshops (International Regulation of Space Communications, Harmful Interference in Regulatory Perspective, Dispute Settlement in the Area of Space Communication, Ownership of Satellites, Innovation in Outer Space: International and African Perspective).
Since 2016, Mrs. Hofmann serves as vice-director of the Master Programme in Space, Communication and Media Law (LL.M.) offered by the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finances in Luxembourg. In 2016, she was head of an international team which analysed the international framework of space mining activities envisaged by Luxembourg; afterwards, she was working on a proposal of the general space legislation of Luxembourg. Several times, she was member of the delegation of Luxembourg to the UN Copuos and its sub-committees. Since 2017, she serves as observer in the Inter-Ministerial Group on Space Resources in Luxembourg. Since 2018, she is representing the University of Luxembourg in The Hague Space Resources Governance Group.
Prior to her appointment at the University of Luxembourg, she was holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at the University of Giessen. For several years she served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. She defended a PhD in Remote Sensing of the Earth from Space – Legal Aspects at Charles University, Prague and a ‘habilitation thesis’ on The Position of International and European Law in the Legal Systems of the Transformation Countries at the University of Cologne. Her memberships on the Board of the International Institute of Space Law and on an Expert Committee of the Council of Europe dealing with regional and minority languages allow her to concentrate on various aspects of satellite communication and media law.
Mrs. Hofmann is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics.