Dr. Jasentuliyana, a national of Sri Lanka, is President Emeritus of the International Institute of Space Law. He holds advanced degrees in Law and International Relations from Universities of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), London and McGill, and is a Attorney-at-Law. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Air and Space Law from the International Institute of Air & Space Law in Montreal, Canada, and has served as an intern at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
He was formerly Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna and Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs. He is the author of the four-volume “Manual of Space Law”, Oceana (1979), “International Space Law and the United Nations”, Kluwar Law (1999), International Space Programmes and Policies” North Holland (1984); and Editor of “Space Law: Development and Scope”, Prager (1991), and “Perspectives on International Law”, Kluwer (1995).
He has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton, Stanford, Columbia and McGill. He is a Trustee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Member of the Board of Directors of International Space University (ISU), Member of the Bureau of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), and served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Space Policy” and the “Journal of Space Law”. He was the recipient of the 1982 Testimonial Award of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) awarded annually in recognition of important contribution to Space Law & Policy and the 1989 Leadership Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He was selected by the United States National Space Society to its unique worldwide list of “100 space people who have had the greatest impact on our lives.”