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G.V. Ashok
Independent expert
Ashok G.V., is a Partner with Factum Law, Bengaluru, India. As an attorney, he specialises in Commercial disputes representing clients from aerospace, healthcare, manufacturing, remote sensing and technology industries in Intellectual Property, Taxation and Company disputes among others. Ashok advises space technology companies on remote sensing regulations, in addition to rendering his expertise for contract management, structuring investment transactions, asset management and enforcement and risk management. In addition to being an invited speaker at several domestic and international conferences on space law, he has also authored several papers and articles on the subject of regulating commercial space activities, responsible use of space and legal issues in space sustainability.
Dr. Tare Brisibe
Independent expert
Dr. Tare Brisire was Chairman of the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (2014). Doctor of Law, graduated from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Leading Lawyer and Legal Advisor to the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Participant in the Third UN Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space UNISPACE III, delegate to the sessions of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Chairman of the Legal Subcommittee (2014). Member of the Committee of Government Experts of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law UNIDROIT on the Space Protocol for the Cape Town Convention. Participant in conferences of the ITU International Telecommunication Union, ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization, APT Asia Pacific Telecommunications Radio Forum, as well as the ALC African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development, member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)  Expert Council on Dispositive Standards and Dispute Resolution through space.
Dr. Prof. Natalya Eremina
Independent expert
Natalya Eremina is a Doctor of Political Science and Professor at the Department of European Studies of the Faculty of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University.
Prof. Steven Freeland 
Independent expert

Prof. Steven Freeland is Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, Australia where he specializes in International Criminal Law, Commercial Aspects of Space Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law. He was Dean of the School of Law at Western Sydney University from 2017-2019. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna; Permanent Visiting Professor at the iCourts Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen; Adunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong; Member of Faculty at the London Institute of Space Policy and Law; Visiting Professor at Université Toulouse1 Capitole; Adjunct Professor at University of Adelaide; Associate Member at the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, McGill University; and a former Marie Curie Fellow (2013-2014). He has been an expert assessor for Government Research Councils in Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong, and has taught at Universities in over 20 countries.

He has also been a Visiting Professional within the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and a Special Advisor to the Danish Foreign Ministry in matters related to the ICC. He represents the Australian Government at various United Nations Conferences and Committee Meetings, and has advised the Australian Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and the New Zealand and Norwegian Governments, on issues related to the regulation of space activities. Among other appointments, he is a Director and foundational member of the Directorate of Studies of the Paris-based International Institute of Space Law, a member of the Space Law Committee of the London-based International Law Association and a member of the Space Law Committee and the War Crimes Committee of the London-based Intrnational Bar Association.

 

He sits on the Editorial Board of the Australian International Law Journal, the Canada-based Annals of Air and Space Law, the German-based German Journal of Air and Space Law, the China-based Space Law Review, the London-based ROOM Space Journal, the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia, Planetary Science, and on the Advisory Board of the India-based Asian Journal of Air and Space Law, the Belarusian Yearbook of International Law and the UK-based Journal of Philosophy of International Law, as well as a series of books entitled Studies in Space Law. He is also Co-Editor of Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals, a long-established series of casebooks annotating the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Special Panels for Serious Crimes in East Timor.

He has authored approximately 300 publications on various aspects of International Law and has been invited to present over 1100 expert commentaries by national and international media outlets worldwide on a wide range of legal and geopolitical issues. He has been invited to present conference papers and keynote speeches in Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

Dr. Elvira Prado
Independent expert

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 PhD 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 organisation For All Moonkind.

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