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Professor Benarji Chakka
Space Law Steering Committee / Senator / Lead Researcher

Dr. Benarji Chakka is Professor of International Law and Dean, VIT-AP School of Law, VIT-AP University, Andhra Pradesh, India. Benarji Chakka graduated from Andhra University, with B.A.L, LL.B, LL.M from School of Oriental African Studies (SOAS) London. M. Phil., and Ph. D., from Centre for International Legal Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Postgraduate Diploma Course in Learning, Teaching and Research in Higher Education, National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, Republic of Ireland. He was British Chevening Scholar at SOAS in 2015-16. He was Associate Professor of Law and Registrar at National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA). He was Lecturer at School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway. He was Regional Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Regional Delegation for South Asia, New Delhi. He was Research Associate at the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL). He published research articles and books in the field of International Aviation and Space law and international humanitarian law (IHL). He has been invited as expert to deliver lectures at the UGC Academic Staff colleges in India during UGC Refresher Course and Orientation Programmes. He is associated as a Judge with Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition for Asia-Pacific Round, International Rounds (Memorials Judge). As Judge Philip Jessup International Moot Court Competition, Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition in India and South Asia, Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competitions, Price Media Law Moot Programme organised by University of Oxford. He was Researcher at the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations in 2015 at The Hague Academy of International Law. Doctoral Scholar at The Hague Academy of international law during 2001.

Professor Luciano Vaz Ferreira
Senator / Lead Researcher

Professor Ferreira holds a Ph.D. in International Strategic Studies (UFRGS). He is also a Ph.D. researcher in Law at the University of Reading (U.K.), Mphil, LL.B. in Law, Professor (tenure) at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG), a Public Federal University in Brazil, Visiting Researcher at Brazilian Air Force University (UNIFA), former Research Fellow at American University, Washington, D.C., USA (Center for Latin America and Latino Studies), former Legal Officer at State Government of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Secretary of Justice and Human Rights and Secretary of Public Security). His current research interests focus on International Law, International Relations, Strategic and Security Studies, Science and Technology, Law of the Sea, Space Law and Policy.

Petr Bohacek
Senior Researcher

Petr Bohacek is a research fellow in space policy, mainly focusing on space security, planetary defense, and space mining. He is also one of the co-authors of the Nobel laureate-endorsed Peaceful Use of Lasers in Space (PULS) initiative that aims to initiate a global and inclusive discussion about the development governance of lasers in space. For the last three years, he has been part of a research team, where he was tasked with identifying new opportunities for the Czech space industry and academia as well as developing space policy recommendations for the Czech government. Petr is also the 2020-2021 Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute. As a research fellow at the Association of International Affairs, he has published several papers on space policy and security.

Petr has worked as an intelligence and security analyst in the public and private sectors, founded the European Security Journal, before moving into the space sector and academia. He has a BA in Political Science and International Studies from St. Norbert College (US), followed by MA in Security Studies at Charles University (Czech Republic) and an ongoing Ph.D. study at the Charles University, focused on the global governance of planetary defense.

Aurélie Gillet
Researcher

Aurélie Gillet is a master’s student in International Security, in her first year of the dual master’s degree between Sciences Po and King’s College London. She previously earned a first-class honors dual bachelor’s degree from Sciences Po and the University of Hong Kong in political science and philosophy, with regional expertise on international relations in Asia. Her research interests include astropolitics, space policy, and security, space mining as well as the intersection between politics and international law in outer space. She has various research experiences in multicultural environments and is currently contributing to the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) on matters related to space and security. She speaks fluent French, English, and Mandarin Chinese, and has a solid foundation in Spanish and Cantonese.

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