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.
Gilbert De Faramiñán - Member of the ECSL board
De Faramiñán Gilbert is Professor of Public International Law and International Relations at the University of Jaén and is Member of ECSL Board since 1990. Lecturer of the “Chair Jean Monnet” Course about Community Law, University of Jaén and the European Community Commission. Academic Coordinator of the Robert Schuman Action for training lawyers and judges in European Law. Representative in Spain of the "Instituto Argentino de Negociación, Conciliación y Arbitraje", since 1994. Buenos Aires (Argentine). His research focuses on Air and Space Law, Law of the Sea, Boundary Conflicts.
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.
Jean-François Mayence - Member of the ECSL board
Jean-François Mayence is holder of a Licence en Droit (master in Law) and D.E.S. en Droit maritime et aérien (postgraduate master in Air and Maritime Law) from Université Libre de Bruxelles. He works with the Belgian Federal Office for Science Policy since January 1, 1999. After being in charge of the legal affairs in the Space Research and Applications Department, he was appointed Head of the Legal Unit for International Relations in 2006. He has been member of numerous international bodies, committees and working groups, in particular within ESA and within the COPUOS Legal Sub-Committee, where he chairs the working group on the status and application of the five UN treaties.
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.