Category: memoriam

In Memoriam — Ambassador (Professor) Aldo Armando COCCA 1924-2020

Ambassador (Professor) Aldo Armando COCCA: A Space Law Pioneer beyond the skies (1924-2020) In Memoriam. We have the sad duty to announce the passing of Ambassador (Professor) ALDO ARMANDO COCCA on 13 August 2020, in Buenos Aires, at the grand age of 96. Ambassador Cocca was a member of the IISL Board of Directors for …

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Professor Luboš Perek left us on 17 September 2020

It is so difficult to accept that professor Luboš Perek left us at the age of 101 – we were so accustomed to having his sharp comments and a friendly smile around us! After Vladimír Kopal, another prominent Czech expert in space and space law is leaving our rows. Luboš Perek was born in June …

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Elisabeth Back Impallomeni – in memoriam

  Professor Elisabeth Back Impallomeni passed away on 28 June 2018 at home in her home town Padua, where she spent the most important part of her family and professional life. The funeral took place on 2 July at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Dome of Padua, followed by an academic ceremony at …

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Walter Thiebaut (1945-2018)

It is with great sadness that IISL announces the passing of Walter Thiebaut, on 19 April 2018 at the age of 72. He spent more than 30 years as a civil servant with the European Space Agency and its predecessor organisations, firstly at ELDO, then at ESRO. After his Doctorate in Law, obtained from KU …

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Patricia Margaret Sterns, JD (1952 – 2018)

Patricia M. Sterns was a longtime member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), and served two full terms on the Institute Board of Directors (1999-2007). She was an Honorary Director from 2008 until the time of her death. She served as a member and chair of the IISL’s Membership Committee for several years. …

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Dr George S. Robinson (1937-2018)

George Robinson graduated from Bowdoin College, Maine in 1960 with a BS in biology and chemistry. He earned an LLB at the University of Virginia, School of Law (1963), an LLM from McGill University Graduate Faculty’s Institute of Air and Space Law (1966), and the first Doctor of Civil Laws (DCL) degree awarded by the …

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Isabella Diederiks-Verschoor (1915 – 2017)

Professor Dr Isabella H. Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor President Emerita, IISL 1915 – 2017 Prof. Dr Isabella Diederiks-Verschoor passed away on 17 October 2017 at the age of 102. She was born in Amersfoort, the Netherlands on 29 July 1915. She studied law at Leiden University and practised law in Amsterdam for six years. In 1943 she …

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John B Gantt (1939-2017)

John Basil Gantt, Sr. passed away peacefully on August 14, 2017 after battling dementia. Many IISL Members may remember John Gantt.  John was very active in the Space Law Moot Court and judged the North American Regional Competition numerous times. John also enjoyed writing the Moot Court Problems, authored the 1994 Problem and co-authored the …

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Gabriel Lafferranderie (1941-2016)

Gabriel Lafferranderie (born October 10, 1941) passed away 8 December 2016 at the age of 75 years. He graduated from the Toulouse Institute of Political Studies and received the title of Doctor of Law from the Faculty of Law in Toulouse in 1966 for a thesis on the legal regime of satellites. This thesis, and …

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Nicolas Mateesco Matte (1913-2016)

The International Institute of Space Law is sad to announce the death of Nicolas Mateesco Matte, OC, QC, FRSC on 13 April at the age of 102 years. Throughout his distinguished academic career, Nicolas Mateesco Matte continually helped to advance the cause of international air and space law. Prof. Matte was deeply involved with IISL …

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