SUPREME ACADEMIC COUNCIL
Our Supreme Academic Council (Areopagus) is the highest representative body of academia at the International Academy of Space Law. Its members (Archons) include internationally recognized space policy and law experts, space science and technology professionals, volunteer staff from the rank of full-time professor, tenured staff members, chancellors, vice-chancellors, presidents, rectors, faculty deans, and other academic high-ranking officials.
Supreme Academic Council (Areopagus)
Prof. Kazuto Suzuki
Kazuto Suzuki is a Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from the Department of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, and received a Ph.D. from Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, England. He has worked in the Foundation pour la recherche stratégique in Paris, France as an assistant researcher and the Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba from 2000 to 2008, and served as Professor of International Politics at Hokkaido University until 2020. He also spent one year at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University from 2012 to 2013 as visiting researcher. He served as an expert in the Panel of Experts for the Iranian Sanction Committee under the United Nations Security Council from 2013 to July 2015. He has been President of the Japan Association of International Security and Trade. His research focuses on the conjunction of science/technology and international relations; subjects including space policy, non-proliferation, export control, and sanctions. His recent work includes Space and International Politics (2011, in Japanese, awarded Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities), Policy Logics and Institutions of European Space Collaboration (2003), and many others.
Prof. Sergio Marchisio
Sergio Marchisio is Professor of Space Law at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he is the coordinator of two scientific research projects: a) OSL – Outer Space Law for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development, funded by the Italian Space Agency; b) HABITABLE – Scenarios for Climate Migration, Horizon 2020, funded by the European Commission. Professor of International Law at LUISS University. General Counsel of the International Astronautical Federation. Chairman of the European Centre for Space Law at the European Space Agency. Member of the Advisory Council of the European Space Policy Institute.
He chaired the Committee of Governmental Experts for the Space Assets Protocol (2001-2012) and the Commission of the Whole of the Berlin Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the Protocol.
He is a delegate to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, where he served as Chairman of the Legal Subcommittee (2004-2006), and a member of the Working Group on the Long-Term Sustainability of the Outer Space Activities.
Member of the European Union Task Force for an International Code of Conduct on Outer Space Activities, he chaired in 2015 the multilateral negotiations held at the UN in New York. Member of the UN GGE on Outer Space Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures (2011-2013) and of the UN GGE on Practical Measures for the PAROS (2018-2019). Member of the team of the Italian Presidency for the negotiation of the Artemis Accords signed on 13 October 2020.
Since 2012, Member of the Specialized Panel of Arbitrators dealing with space matters of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Space Agency (2014-2018), where he acts currently as an Associate Expert within the International Affairs Directorate.
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Dr. Guoyu Wang
Dr. Wang has been served as a Chinese delegate to the United Nations Committee of Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) since 2012, as well as assigned as a Chinese expert to the Long-term Sustainability for Outer Space Activities Working Group (LTSWG) of UNCOPUOS (2012-2018). He has been the main negotiator representing China in LTSWG negotiations to draft LTS guidelines from 2015-2018. He had been the legal adviser of the Chinese Delegation to Inter-Governmental Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) Meeting (2014-2015). Besides, Dr. Wang also plays an active role in some international initiatives in space law beyond the UN framework. He is an editorial member and expert of McGill Manual for the International Law Applicable for Military Use of Outer Space (MILAMOS) since 2018 and an expert of The Hague International Working Group on Space Resources Governance since 2015. Dr. Wang earned his doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from Jilin University in Economics of Law, Private International Law, and International Law, respectively. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee at the Secure World Foundation.
Dr. Prof. María Del Ángel Iglesias
María Del Ángel Iglesias is Professor Doctor since 1999, currently she is teaching Public International Law and Human Rights at UNIR, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (Spain). From 2006 until 2011 she was Vice President of the Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Aeronáutico, del Espacio y de la Aviación Comercial (Consultant Organ, United Nations). Currently she is director of its Studies Centre. Prof. Dr. Iglesias is a member of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Law (Real Academia de Jurisprudencia y Legislación de Madrid), Bar Association of Valencia-Spain (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Valencia) and the Spanish Association of Professors of International Law and International Relations.
Prof. Dr. Pablo Ferrara
Pablo Ferrara () was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1979. He is Arbitrator at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA, UNCLOS Annex VII), Professor at Universidad del Salvador (USAL, Buenos Aires, Argentina), Member of the Academic Board of the International Academy of Space Law, Member of the Rome Club’s Argentine Chapter, Research Director at the think tank ‘Institute IDEAS para–Una Nueva Argentina.’ He works on complex legal and public policy issues for States, governments, private corporations, and NGOs. He was awarded the Rajawali Fellowship by Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (Harvard Kennedy School of Government). He worked as an energy consultant to the Argentine Ministry of Energy and Mining as well as the Honorable Chamber of National Deputies (HCDN). With over 50 publishing, he was Chair of the IBA Public Law Committee and member of the IBA SEERIL Oil & Gas Committee. and member of the boar at the Argentine Institute of Energy ‘General Mosconi.’ Previously, he was Assistant Professor at the South China Sea Institute, Xiamen University (Xiamen, People’s Republic of China), Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Groningen Centre of Energy Law (Groningen, The Netherlands), and Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law (Heidelberg, Germany). He obtained his LLB at the University of Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and his doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, California). He worked as an associate in Energy Law (Brons & Salas; Baker & McKenzie) and in ICSID arbitration (M&M Bomchil). He is recognized as a global Jurist focused on Public Law, Energy Law, Blue Economy, and Dispute Settlement.
Dr. Elvira Prado
Dr. Elvira Prado is head of Space Law Studies of the Ibero-American Institute of Aeronautics and Space Law and Commercial Aviation (Advisory body of United Nations and COPUOS Observer). She holds a master in Maritime and Air Law (Free University of Brussels, ULB) and a Ph.D. in Public International Law from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid. Dr. Prado is responsible for managing different research groups and has recently published the book “Major space Law challenges for the EU Member States”. She collaborates with different academic organizations, she is a member of the Space Law Committee and the Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the International Law Association (ILA), as well as the International Institute for Space Law (IISL) and the Société Française de Droit Aérien et Spatial (SFDAS). She is a member of the advisory committee of the non-profit organization For All Moonkind.
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