Mr. Gilles Doucet
Gilles Doucet is an independent space security consultant with expertise in satellite technologies, military space applications, space regulatory frameworks and international space security cooperation.
Mr Doucet recently retired from the Canadian Department of National Defence after 35 years as a DRDC scientist, where he held numerous positions researching and assessing space capabilities relevant to military applications. He headed multidisciplinary scientific teams providing expertise to the Canadian Armed Forces for operations and threats, DND for policy and Global Affairs Canada for technology exports and international engagement.
Mr Doucet’s experience also includes a diplomatic role, serving as Counsellor for Defence R&D at the Canadian Embassy in Paris, France from 2008 to 2010. Mr Doucet holds Bachelor & Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Ottawa, 1981 & 1993) and a Graduate Certificate of Air and Space Law (McGill, 2017).
Dr. Roy Balleste
Dr. Roy Balleste is Professor of Law and Law Library Director at St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, Florida, USA. He completed his doctorate degree (J.S.D.) in Intercultural Human Rights (analyzing internet governance policy, including its history, actors, and institutions).
Professor Balleste teaches internet governance policy and cybersecurity policy. He has concentrated his scholarship and advocacy in the areas of internet governance, suborbital flights, cybersecurity, human rights, and the relationship between technology, public policy, regulations, and advocacy priorities.
Professor Balleste is a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ Noncommercial Users Stakeholder Group (ICANN-NCSG) and the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). He served as a member of ICANN NCUC’s Executive Committee as the Representative for North America from December 2013 to December 2015.
Professor Balleste is also a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).
Balleste served one tour in the US. Navy and one tour in the U.S. Army.
In 2015, Roman and Littlefield published two of his books: ‘Internet Governance: Origins, Current Issues, and Future Possibilities’, and ‘Cybersecurity: Human Rights in the Age of Cyberveillance’ (co-edited with Dr. Joanna Kulesza).
Dr. Ranjana Kaul
Dr. Kaul is a Partner at Dua Associates, Advocates& Solicitors, in New Delhi, India. She holds an LLM from the Institute of Air & Space Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada; a Doctorate from University of Poona and a Bachelors in Law degree from the University of Delhi in India.
Dr. Kaul has published papers, participated in various national and international conferences on law of outer space. She is regularly consulted on issues related to application of international aviation and space law regimes to India’s domestic legal regime, including national security aspects.
Dr. Kaul’s legal practice focuses in the areas of aviation law and regulations, space enabled business regulations in India, including e-commerce and company law including joint ventures, M&A and related arbitration.
Dr. Kaul serves in pro-bono capacity on the Board of Trustees of Community Aid& Sponsorship Programme, a NGO which promotes education of under-privileged children and as Chairperson of The Elisabeth Gauba School, New Delhi. She has also served as Member, Delhi State Commission for Women.
Dr. Kaul has been the recipient of the Nicholas Matessco Matte Prize 2004, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, The Charles Wallace Trust Award 1990, U.K., the Icchalkaranji Prize 1973, University of Poona and Sir Purshottambhau Wad Prize 1973, University of Poona.
Mr. Jerry Trachtman
Mr. Trachtman is managing shareholder at the Law Offices of Jerry H.Trachtman, P.A. in Melbourne, Florida.
Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Penn State University, he accepted a position at the Kennedy Space Center as an Apollo spacecraft operations engineer responsible for the prelaunch test and checkout of the Apollo spacecraft instrumentation and telemetry systems. He later served as lead engineer responsible for the Apollo spacecraft integration and prelaunch testing of the lunar orbital science experiments which flew on Apollo 15 – 17.
After Apollo he worked on our first space station, the Skylab program, as Skylab earth resources experiments project integrity engineer.
Mr. Trachtman received his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Florida College of Law in 1976. His practice emphasizes aviation and space related matters, and he is one of 42 lawyers recognized by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Aviation Law.
He is currently serving as chair of the Florida Bar Aviation Law Certification Committee, and serves on the Penn State University College of Engineering’s Industrial and Professional Advisory Council, a select group of representatives from industry, government agencies, academia, and the profession who advise the College of Engineering on academic issues and on current trends and future directions.
He is an instrument rated pilot and flies his Piper Meridian for business and pleasure.
Dr. Guoyu Wang
Dr. Wang holds a doctoral degree in Law and Economics. He is an Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of the Academy of Air, Space Policy and Law, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT); Legal Counsellor in Space Law, CNSA Lunar Exploration and Space Project Center(2016-), Space Security Consultant of United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) (2015), Academy Senior Fellow of Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), U.K. (2014); Visiting Scholar, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, Mississippi University, U.S..(2011-2012); Space Policy Expert representing China, APSCO Joint Small Multi-Mission Satellite Constellation Project (2016);
Dr. Wang has been severed as a Chinese delegate, Legal Consultant of the United Nation Committee on the Peaceful use of Outer Space(UNCOPUOS)(2012-), Inter-governmental Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC)(2014-), as well as a Chinese expert in the Long-term Sustainability for Outer Space Activities Working Group of UNCOPUOS(2012-), has been representing China for international space rules and policies negotiation and drafting.
Dr. Wang’s researches focus on international and national space law, international space politics. Dr. Wang’s expertise includes legal and political analysis on space security issues, inter alia, arms control in outer space and space debris mitigation and remediation; space natural resources use and exploration; China space legislation.
Mr. Rafael Moro-Aguilar
Rafael Moro-Aguilar is a lawyer specializing in the regulation of space activities. Mr. Moro-Aguilar worked in 1996-97 at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), based in Vienna, Austria, where he assisted in servicing the official sessions of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). He participated in the Space Generation Forum of the UNISPACE III Conference, in Vienna in 1999. He currently works as the head of legal affairs for Orbspace Engineering, a European aerospace consulting firm, as well as being an adjunct professor at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where he resides.
Mr. Moro-Aguilar has published a number of papers, book chapters, and reports on various space law issues, and he often delivers lectures and presentations on these topics. He also advises the Spanish Government on international space law issues, having been a member of the delegation of Spain to the Legal Subcommittee of COPUOS since 2002. In addition, in 2013 he was interviewed by the Spanish media on the topic of how to protect the Apollo lunar landing sites under international space law.
Mr. Moro-Aguilar is an active member of the Spanish Centre for Space Law, the International Institute of Space Law (where he serves as Co-Editor of the annual IISL Proceedings), and the Space Law Committee of the International Law Association.
He received his J.D. from Madrid’s Autonoma University and his LL.M. from the University of Michigan. He is also a graduate of the International Space University (SSP ‘96).
Dr. Dale Stephens
Dr. Dale Stephens CSM is a Captain in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve who spent over 20 years as a permanent officer in the Navy before taking up his appointment at Adelaide Law School.
He has occupied numerous staff officer appointments throughout his career in the Australian Defence Force, including Fleet Legal Officer, Command Legal Officer (Naval Training Command), Chief Legal Officer Strategic Operations Command, Director of Operational and International Law, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law (a joint venture with Melbourne University Law School), Director Navy Legal and Director of the Military Law Centre.
He has deployed twice to East Timor (INTERFET & UNTAET) and twice to Iraq (Baghdad) in senior legal officer positions and has provided extensive advice to Government at the strategic level.
In the early 2000’s Professor Stephens was part of the Australian delegation to UNESCO negotiating the Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention. In the mid 2000’s he taught at the U.S. Naval War College located in Newport, Rhode Island as a faculty member of the International Law Department. In 2010 was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as a senior advisor on Afghanistan. In more recent years he has taught National Security Law as well as a number of military law subjects at the ANU College of Law.
Dr Stephens is Director of The University of Adelaide Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE) and co-editor of the RUMLAE eJournal. He is currently Head of the combined SA/NT Navy Legal Reserve Panel, Director of the Adelaide Military Law Program and a member of the Ploughshares/McGill University/George Washington University ‘Space Security Index’ Consortium.
Mr. Mohamed Amara
Mr. Alfred Anzaldua
Dr. I.B.R. Supancana
Prof. Dr. I.B.R Supancana, and Indonesian space lawyer, obtained his PhD in International Law from Leiden University, the Netherland (1998), before that got his Master of International Law from University of Indonesia (1990) and Bachelor of Law (S.H) in International Law from Padjadajaran University (1983). He has also acted as a Guest Lecturer at several universities, not only in Indonesia but also abroad (among others: Advanced Studies on Air and Space Law, Leiden University, Kobe University). His main areas of expertise are in the field of Aviation and Space Law; Foreign Direct Investment Law; Settlement of Disputes (Arbitration and ADR); Cyber Law; Mining; International Commercial Contract; and Regulatory Reform.
He has acted as an advisor and consultant for various international organizations and donor countries (GIZ, JICA, World Bank, British Embassy, EU Trade, among others) as well as Indonesian Governmental Agencies (among others, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, National Institute of Aeronautics and Space, National Law Reform Body, National Development Planning Board, National Investment Coordination Board, etc.). He often represents the Indonesian government in bilateral and multilateral negotiations (ASEAN Regional Forum, APEC, UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, APSCO, among others).
Mr. Brian Israel
Brian served as the U.S. Government’s lead lawyer for the international legal aspects of outer space, and has deep experience in the legal dimensions of developing and regulating advanced technologies.
Brian joined Planetary Resources from the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, where he represented the United States internationally as U.S. Representative to the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (2012-2016), and in numerous negotiations with foreign governments. Beyond space, Brian has a successful record of engineering multinational collaborations to address global challenges, most recently as co-chair of a high level Task Force of the Arctic Council charged with designing a twenty-first-century governance framework for the Arctic Ocean. Brian graduated order of the coif from Berkeley Law, where he received the Jurisprudence Award in Patent Law.
At Planetary Resources, Brian oversees the legal, regulatory, and compliance functions for the company, its parent, and Planetary Resources Luxembourg.
Mr. Thomas Cheney
Ms. Christiane Wherry
Christiane Wherry is the Vice President of Research & Corporate Development at TODAQ Financial, a blockchain technology startup with offices in Canada, Korea and the Middle East where she leads the project to launch the For All Moonkind Moon Registry powered by TODAQ. She earned an LL.M from the University of Toronto focusing on the laws of innovation and technology, with research topics including the laws of digital assets, blockchain, cybersecurity and IP in the digital environment.
Formerly a Principal at Quantius, Christiane helped build the fintech lender that provides growth capital to IP-rich SMEs where she focused on IP and capital markets in the Asia Pacific region. She is the founder of Quantius Education Foundation, a registered charity in Canada with mission to grow the size and diversity of the knowledge-based workforce. Prior to founding both technology startups and non-profits, she worked as an Economist for the Canadian and Ontario governments after receiving a postgraduate degree in Economic Policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science.
Mr. Humaid Alshamsi
Humaid Alshamsi is a founding Partner of ABH Aerospace and Legal Counsel to the Dubai World Central Corporation, where he provides legal services for an emerging 145 sq. km. master-planned city that includes aviation and logistic districts beside the world’s biggest airport in the making (Al Maktoum International Airport).
Prior to this current position, Mr. Alshamsi was the first lawyer to work for the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) where he was involved in a number of legislations related to aviation such as Civil Aviation Law, GCAA’s Establishment Law, and Advance Passenger Information Law.
He has also served as a member of the Commission of Experts of the Supervisory Authority of the International Registry (CESAIR) under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Mr. Alshamsi represented the GCAA in committees, working groups, and meetings at international, regional, and national levels.
He completed his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sharjah, UAE, and is expected to earning his LLM in Air and Space Law from McGill University in August 2017.
Ms. Elina Morozova
Born in Riga, Latvia, Ms. Morozova graduated with honors from the All-Russian Academy of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Department of International Law. In 2008, she completed a postgraduate course in International Economy at the same Academy and qualified as Economist with Foreign Language (English) Skills. In 2010, she earned an LL.M. in International Business Law from the University of Manchester. From 2003 to 2005 Ms. Morozova worked at the legal department of a major Russian telecommunications company.
In September 2005, Ms. Morozova was employed by the Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications as Legal Counsel. In 2010, she was appointed Head of International Legal Service.
Ms. Morozova sits on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law and is a member of the Expert Committee of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly – Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC). She heads the working group for the revision of the regulatory instruments of the RCC.
She is a member of the Russian Association of International Law and is the author of over a dozen publications concerning international space law and satellite telecommunications in English and Russian.
Dr. Andrea Harrington
Dr. Andrea Harrington is the Associate Director of the LL.M. Program in Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. She was previously an Erin J.C. Arsenault Fellow in Space Governance at the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL), where her doctoral research focused on insurance and liability issues for the commercial space industry.
At McGill, she also served as the Teaching Fellow in Private International Air Law and earned numerous awards, including: a P.E.O. Scholar Award, the International Aviation Women’s Association Scholarship, the Secure World Foundation Young Professionals International Astronautical Congress (IAC) Scholarship, and the Setsuko Ushioda-Aoki Prize for academic merit.
Professor Harrington holds a DCL and LLM from the McGill IASL, as well as a JD with High Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from Boston University (Magna Cum Laude).
She is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Professor Harrington is currently the Executive Editor of the Journal of Space Law and a member of the editorial board for the American Bar Association publication The Air and Space Lawyer. As a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), she serves as the Faculty Chair for the Advisory Committee to the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition (North America Region).
Mr. Ronald McCandless
Mr. McCandless is the CEO of Lunar Experiences, a new US/Ireland company at the confluence of space, virtual reality, and gaming. Prior to Lunar Experiences, Ron was a successful IT consultant, co-directed a STEAM (STEM plus the Arts) nonprofit, and worked as a hypersonic aerodynamics engineer for both NASA and the U.S. Navy.
He was originally inspired by the Apollo moon landings and Star Trek to join NASA. Years later, Ron was further motivated to make a mark in New Space after visiting an early XPRIZE Cup event in Las Cruces, NM. He is an avid futurist who looks forward to living and working in space post-Singularity along with our AI overlords as part and parcel of humanity’s future.
Ron holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, M.S in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences from the George Washington University (GWU), and M.A. in Space Policy from the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs, Space Policy Institute.
Ron is a dual US/Ireland citizen working with a group from the Irish space industry to create a national space agency. He holds equal passions for space technology, policy, and law.
Ms. Enarda Cuni
Enarda Cuni is a Lawyer that has focused her legal career in private institutions working in public procurement for security services in Tirana. Ms. Cuni completed her Master of Laws in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, Florida, USA (analyzing the right to vote, election law, its implementation, and comparing different human rights systems). She earned her law degree from Luarasi University in Tirana, Albania. She also conducted studies on Transnational Justice, Rule of Laws and Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (analyzing the human rights violation in Kosovo, the consequences of the conflict and the future of country).
Mrs. Cuni has published papers and participated in various national and international conferences on human rights. In 2013, the Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Research evaluated her work for excellence in participation in the third International Conference on Human and Social Sciences, which brought focus on the case of child soldiers. In 2012, Enarda earned the third price in the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Competition at St. Thomas University School of law, Miami, Florida USA.
Ms. Vani Munisami
Mr. Virgiliu Pop
Ms. Lulu Makapela
Lulu Makapela has been professional in the field of aerospace for a period of over 10 years. Currently, Makapela works for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as Project and Contract Manager for the Aerospace and Composite Initiatives. With strong background and expertise in areas demanding strong project management, legal, policy and space treaty implementation focus in broader areas , particularly highly complex areas such as telecommunications, aerospace and space, earth observations and science , Ms Makapela has previously worked as Project Manager of the National Earth Observations and Space Secretariat, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology previously hosted at the CSIR, and Deputy Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Unit of the Department of Trade and Industry . She has also previously worked at the legal, international and Director-General’s office of the Department of Communications, as well as at the Scorpion Legal Protection and the National Prosecuting Authority during in the beginning of her career.
As a young professional in space , Makapela has shown her commitment and dedication to contribute in space science and tecnology and international cooperation in different ways. In 2013 , she was appointed to serve as a Member of the South african Council for Space affairs (SACSA) , a space regulatory body responsible for the regulation of space activities and serves as the Chair of the committee responsible to review the national space legislation. With a passion to attract the Africa youth to consider undertaking space science and legal related careers , she serves as a Member of the Inernational Instiute of Space Law(IISL) and is the Africa Regional Co-ordinator for the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court competition which is held annually on the Africa Continent. She is also the Co-Chair of the Africa Leadership youth Forum , which aims to promote space science among African young professionals and students.
Ms. Aleksandra Marinova
Dr. Elvira Prado
Dr. Elvira Prado (Madrid) has a Bachelor´s Degree in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Degree in Tourism. In 1994, she earned an LL.M. in Maritime and Air Law from the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and holds a Doctorate in International Public Law cum laude. She has recently published the book “Major International Space Law Challenges for the European Union Member States”.
Dr. Prado has combined her academic life with her other passion: culture. She has developed her professional career in both fields of law and cultural heritage management for private and public institutions, like Spanish National Heritage.
She has lectured and published papers about the Moon Agreement and Space Cultural Heritage, participated in various international conferences and organized scientific symposia like “A visionary Impulse for a New Space Age” at the Ramon Areces Foundation. Dr. Prado is currently developing the STECAM concept© in order to include Culture as another fundamental pillar of the STEAM education.
She is a member of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance, a member of the Iberoamerican Institute of Air and Space Law and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).
Dr. Marlène Losier
Marlène Losier is a legal expert in cultural and celestial properties. As the Legal Expert in the Delegation for the Republic of Italy to UNESCO, she has contributed to:
2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage April 2011: Third Meeting of States Parties May 2013: Fourth Meeting of States Parties April 2015: Fifth Meeting of States Parties September 2012: Drafting Committee on the Operational Guidelines May 2017: Sixth Meeting of States Parties
1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property June – July 2014: Second Session of the Subsidiary Committee May 2015: Third Meeting of States Parties May 2015: Extraordinary Session of the Subsidiary Committee September 2015: Third Session of the Subsidiary Committee May 2017: Fourth Meeting of States Parties May 2017: Fifth Session of the Subsidiary Committee May 2018: Sixth Session of the Subsidiary Committee
(ICPRCP) Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation May 2018 – 21st Session of the Intergovernmental Committee
United Nations Security Council – United Nations, New York November 2017: Briefing on Resolution 2347 (S/RES/2347 (2017))
UNESCO High-Level Panel on Cultural Property and Shared Heritage June 2018
Mr. Jeff Bronstein
Mr. Jeff Bronstein is an Australian lawyer currently with the Legal Services Team at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Tasmania Law School.
Jeff has nearly 25 years’ experience as a commercial, litigation and in-house lawyer in both Australia and the UK. In his current role, Jeff advises the University in relation to a range of agreements ranging from simple scientific collaborations to complex service contracts supporting commercial space companies and national and intranational space organisations. Jeff is also providing advice on how the university is best placed to engage with the newly created Australian Space Agency.
Jeff has a published paper on the rescue and return of astronauts on the ESALEX database and maintains a close interest in the development of the private space industry. When not contemplating humankinds ongoing exploration of the cosmos, Jeff is an avid fencer and is the Senior Vice-President of the Tasmanian Fencing Association.