The International Astronautical Congress happened amidst tight security earlier this month in Jerusalem. As part of the Congress the International Institute of Space Law held its Annual Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, its annual meeting, and the World Finals of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition. Despite the tension on the ground in Jerusalem the IISL’s events were a great success. The highlight for myself was the pride in seeing my alma mater and employer’s, the University of Mississippi School of Law, team win the world finals. The team was coached by my colleague Prof. Michael Dodge and included a past student, Ian Perry; a current student, C.J. Robison; and a potential future student, Olivia Hoff. Despite my connections to these individuals, I can take no credit for their excellent performance. Congrats to the team and Hotty Toddy!
I’ll also note my own election to the IISL Board of Directors and the pleasure it will be to serve the Institute alongside so many distinguished colleagues.
The IISL press releases from the events are below:
Press release IISL 2015-003
At the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) officially announced the results of the 2015 elections of candidates for vacant positions on the Board of Directors of the IISL.
The result of the elections was as follows:
- For the office of IISL Vice-President: Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Germany)
- For nine vacant positions as IISL Directors:
- Setsuko Aoki (Japan)
- Marco Ferrazzani (Italy)
- Lesley Jane Smith (United Kingdom)
- Zhenjun Zhang (China)
- Joanne Gabrynowicz (United States)
- Maureen Williams (Argentina/United Kingdom)
- Corinne Jorgenson (United States)
- P.J. Blount (United States)
- Milton Smith (United States)
Press release IISL 2015-004-corrected
Special election of an Honorary Director
At the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) elected Professor Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni (Italy) as Honorary Director of the IISL in due recognition of her long-standing contributions to the development of space law and the role of the IISL in this context.
Press release IISL 2015-005
Results of the 2015 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
At the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) organized the Final Rounds of the 2015 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.
The World Finals, on 15 October 2015, were judged by three sitting Members of the International Court of Justice (ICJ): H.E. Judge Peter Tomka, H.E. Judge Dalveer Bhandari, and H.E. Judge Kirill Gevorgian.
The result of the 2015 Competition was as follows:
- Winner: University of Mississippi Law School, Oxford, United States
- Best Memorials: University of Mississippi Law School, Oxford, United States
- Best Oralist: Mr. Athanasios Plexidas, National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece
- Runner-up: National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece
- Obafemi Awolowo University, City of Ile-Ife, Nigeria
- NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India
The Problem was written in its ultimate version by Dr. Les Tennen, United States, as based on an original version written by Prof. Dr. Frans G. von der Dunk, Netherlands.
Press release IISL 2015-007
In the course of the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) confirmed its approval to sponsor an Annual Highlight Paper (Paper).
2015-2016 is the first year a Highlight Paper will be selected. All practitioners and non-student academics with a minimum of 5 years of space law experience will be eligible; further details of eligibility and process can be obtained from the IISL Secretariat.
The reviewers will be for the first year IISL Publications Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Marietta Benkö and Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, and Directorate of Studies Member Dr. Steven Freeland. In recognition of the approaching 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, the Board selected The Outer Space Treaty 1967-2017 as the subject of the 2015-2016 paper.