The European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) was established in 1989 at the initiative of the European Space Agency and with the support of a number of pioneers in this field. Members of ECSL include professionals working in the space sector, lawyers, university professors and students. The Centre provides a forum for all those wishing to take part in constructive debates on outer space law and policy at large and encourages interdisciplinary exchange between members.
Philippe Achilleas - Member of the ECSL board
Philippe Achilleas is Vice-Dean of the Faculty Jean Monnet (University Paris-Sud XI, France). He is Director of the Institute of Space and Telecommunications Law and of the Master’s Degree in Law of Space Activities and Telecommunications at the University Paris-Sud XI. Dr. Achilleas has taught various subjects, including space and telecommunications law as well as International and European Law at numerous universities in France and in other countries. He is the author of numerous publications in various subjects related to International and European Law, Space Law and Space Policy, and Communications Law and Policy. He is also consultant for space companies and spaces agencies.
Elisabeth Back Impallomeni - Member of the ECSL board
Elisabeth Back Impallomeni is Professor of International Space Law at the University of Padova. She has been a consultant and Austrian representative in various international institutions for space issues, such as the International Institute of Space Law. Her research interests focus on: Peaceful Uses of Outer Space; the Sources of Space Law; the Legal Regime of the Geostationary Orbit.
Christian Brünner - ember of the ECSL board
Christian Brünner since 1980 is Full Professor at the Department for Austrian, European and Comparative Public Law, Political Sciences and Public Administration, University of Graz. He founded in 2001 the National Point of Contact (NPOC) in Austria of the European Center for Space Law (ECSL). Since 2006 he is member of IISL (International Institute of Space Law), Paris. His research currently focuses on: “Outer Space – An Ever Growing Issue in Society and Politics”. He has been member of the ECSL board since 2003.
Marco Ferrazzani - Member of the ECSL board
Marco Ferrazzani is Head of the ESA Legal Department responsible to provide the legal competences to the Agency. Legal advice ranges from the interpretation of the ESA Convention and Rules and Regulations to working on the legal and programmatic set-up of its programmes, contributing to the ESA policy and negotiating international agreements. He has regularly provided legal advice in multilateral discussions and drafted proposals for decisions of Member States to commit space programmes in Europe and in co-operation with other space agencies, international organisations and Governments or institutions of non-member States.
Stephan Hobe - Member of the ECSL board
Stephan Hobe is Professor for German Public Law, European Law and Public International Law and Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Cologne. Member of the Commission on Transport and Logistics of the International Chamber of Commerce. Rapporteur, Space Law Committee of International Law Association (ILA). Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law. Editor of the German Journal of Air and Space Law (ZLW) and of the Series “Studies in Air and Space Law“.
Armel Kerrest - ECSL Vice Chairman
Armel Kerrest teaches public law, especially international space law at the Universities of Western Brittany, Paris XI and Aix-Marseille III. He is Head of the Public Law Department of the University of Western Brittany. Chairman of the Institute of Law of International Spaces and Telecommunications. President of the Association for the Development of Space Law in France. Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Corresponding member of the Académie Nationale de l'Air et de l'Espace. Member of the board of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) and of the Société francaise de droit aérien et spatial (SFDAS).
Sergio Marchisio - ECSL Chairman
Sergio Marchisio (Italy) is Full Professor of International Law at the University Sapienza of Rome. Since 2007 he is Chairman of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL). Member of the Italian delegation to the UNCOPUOS, he served as Chairman of the Legal Subcommittee (2004-2006). Representative of the Italian government in a number of international conferences, he acts as Legal Expert of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2002 to 2011 he chaired the Committee of Governmental Experts entrusted to negotiate the UNIDROIT Space Assets Protocol to the 2001 Cape Town Convention. Italian delegate to the CODUN Space EU’s Council, in 2010 he was appointed as Member of the Task Force of the EEAS-EU on the draft Code of Conduct for Space Activities.
Sarah Moens - Board Member
Sarah Moens is a lawyer at DLA Piper in Belgium. She focuses on space law, drones law, telecommunications law and public law.
Furthermore, she is co-founder and president of beSPACE, an association for young space students and professionals in Belgium.
She obtained her law degree, magna cum laude, at Ghent University. She focused on space law and telecommunications law (Droit des Activités Spatiales et des Télécommunications) at Université Paris-Sud XI. She is currently completing a Ph.D. at Ghent University in space law.
Dr. Maria-del Carmen Munoz Rodriguez
Dr. María-del-Carmen Muñoz-Rodríguez has been an associate professor in Public International Law and EU Law at the University of Jaén, Spain, since 1996. In addition to this, she has been heavily involved in a number of studies and projects and has contributed to several ECSL events including lecturing on the ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy and judging the Manfred Lachs Moot Court competition.
Dr. Muñoz-Rodríguez is a member of a number of distinguished institutions including the ECSL, Spanish Centre for Space Law, the International Institute for Space Law, the Spanish Association of Professors of International Law and International Relations (AEPDIRI) and the European Society for International Law (ESIL).
Frans von der Dunk - Member of the ECSL board
Frans G. von der Dunk is the Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni/Othmer Professor of Space Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s LL.M. Programme on Space and Telecommunication Law. He also is Director of Black Holes BV, Consultancy in space law and policy, based in Leiden. Previously, he was Co-Director, then Director of Space Law Research at the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University since 1990. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in Vancouver, in October 2004, and the Social Science Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in Valencia, in October 2006.