Category: news

See below for the most recent news of the IISL.

9th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law

The IISL is happy to announce that the 9th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues of Space Law, will be held on December 10, 2014, Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is Non-Traditional Commercial Space Activities: Legal & Policy Challenges, Opportunities, and Ways Forward. Please find a tentative agenda below. It is …

Continue reading

Space Security and Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities

The China University of Political Science and Law will host the international conference: Space Security and Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities in Beijing, China, on 25 May, 2014. This event will be held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition (23-24 May, 2014). Interested participants are …

Continue reading

Vladimír Kopal(1928-2014)

The International Institute of Space Law is sad to note the passing on 27 January 2014 of our friend and colleague Vladimír Kopal. An Honorary Director and former Vice President of the IISL, Prof. Dr Kopal was Professor of International Law at Plzeň University at the Czech Republic. In 2010, he received the IISL’s Lifetime …

Continue reading

William D. English (1924-2013)

With sadness, IISL notes the passing of William D. English. His obituary in The Washington Post states: William D. English, 88, a lawyer who specialized in satellite telecommunications and who retired as general counsel of the satellite phone communications system Iridium, died Jan. 3 at his home in Bethesda. He had Parkinson’s disease. Mr English …

Continue reading

Michel Bourély (1920-2012)

Dr Michel Bourély passed away on 26 April 2012, aged 92. Michel Bourély was born in Dakar, Senegal on 1 January 1920 to Joseph Bourély and Geneviève Berguerand. Upon returning from Senegal, Michel Bourély lived with his parents in cities where his father, an artillery officer in the colonial garrison had been posted – first …

Continue reading

Gyula Gál (1926 – 2012)

On 19 March 2012 after a serious illness Dr Gyula Gál Hungarian space lawyer has passed away in Budapest. He was a member of the IISL Board of Directors (1981 – 1996) and later its honorary director. He was born in 1926 in Debrecen, Hungary. Studied in the Reformed College and University of his native …

Continue reading

Carl Q. Christol (1913-2012)

Carl Quimby Christol, who pioneered the field of international space law, died of natural causes at his home in Santa Barbara, California on 22 February 2012 at the age of 98. Christol was a member of the faculty of the University of Southern California from 1949 to 1987 and authored numerous academic texts including “The …

Continue reading

Edward R. Finch Jr. (1919-2011)

Edward R. Finch, Jr., a longtime member of IISL, passed away on 4 September 2011 at the age of 92. Ambassador Finch was a member of the U.S. delegation to UNISPACE in 1982 and 1999 and a Permanent NGO Representative to COPUOS. He was on the Board of Directors of the National Space Society and …

Continue reading

Eduardo Gaggero (1937-2011)

Sadly, Dr Eduardo Gaggero is no longer with us. His friends and colleagues remember him as a figure of great renown in the field of air and space law, not only on the international scene but also as head of CIDA-E, the Uruguayan Centre for Air and Space Law, which he loved so much and …

Continue reading

S. Neil Hosenball (1925-2009)

Our member S. Neil Hosenball passed away on 23 December 2009. He was born in New York, and was a graduate of Harvard University law school. He was a lawyer in Cleveland before joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). After many years as Deputy General Counsel, Dr. Hosenball served as NASA’s General Counsel …

Continue reading