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IASL Space Law Steering Committee (SLSC) is an advisory body made up of senior stakeholders and renowned experts in pace policy and law that provide guidance on a lot of space regulatory issues and space governance agendas that could face UNCOPUOS, international space-related organizations, and professional fora, national space agencies, public and private companies, new space industry entrepreneurs, and all other bona fide space actors around the world acting in compliance with international space law including, inter alia, nonbinding documents e.g. Guidelines for the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities.

Not every departmental project at IASL may require the help or management of SLSC. However, if the plan is for a considerable amount of cross-departmental interaction and the involvement of a lot of internal stakeholders, then help from SLSC is necessary. One of its primary functions is to manage conflicts that could arise between IASL departments and stakeholders. SLSC that includes individuals from a lot of different sectors of New Space can make sure all relevant voices are heard. SLSC can also help teams keep the right perspective when it comes to their projects and carefully analyze the impact that any changes could cause to the original scope. 

Prof. Luciano Vaz Ferreira (Brazil)
Advisor / 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.

Dr. Prof. María Del Ángel Iglesias (Spain)
Supreme Academic Council / Space Law Steering Committee

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.

Dr. Poorvi Kantroo (India)
Lead Researcher / TF Chairperson

Head, Space Law & Policy, Aerospace, and Aviation Lawyers Association of India (AALAI).

Poorvi heads the space division at the Aerospace and Aviation Lawyers Association of India (AALAI). Before this, she directed the Space policy division at erstwhile Aryavarta Space Organization. She holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace and Defense Laws from the Centre for Aerospace & Defense Laws (CADL), NALSAR University, India. She also earned her LLM degree in Corporate Laws and Governance from NALSAR. She has a decade long relationship with CADL and served the center in various capacities such as Researcher, Module Instructor, Organizing Committee Manfred Lachs Moot Court, International Manfred Lachs Conferences. She was a Key Judge for recently conducted 1st APJ. Kalam Essay Competition. She was also selected by The International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Leiden, to judge at the prestigious Manfred Lachs Moot Courts Memorials 2016. She is an associate editor for the Indian Journal for Air and Space Law (IJASL), published by CADL, NALSAR.

Her endeavor as an academician and space lawyer is to be the fulcrum between the public and private sectors, enabling both sectors to flourish within the domain of Space law. She also advocates for binding agreements for space debris at an international level as space sustainability is at stake. Her areas of interest include space sustainability, Common but differentiated responsibility in Space, Legal aspects of space commercialization, and Corporate social responsibility in Space.

She firmly believes that cooperation, trust, and respect for everyone’s rights is the key to all diplomatic talks around outer Space.

Dr. Elvira Prado (Spain)
Supreme Academic Council / Space Law Steering Committee

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)

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.

Dr. Fabio Tronchetti (Italy)
Supreme Academic Council / Space Law Steering Committee / Lead Researcher

Co-Director Institute of Space Law and Strategy/ Zhuoyue Program Associate Professor at Beihang University

Dr. Fabio Tronchetti works as a Co-Director of the Institute of Space Law and Strategy and as a Zhuoyue Associate Professor at Beihang University, Beijing (China). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Comparative National Space Law at the School of Law of the University of Mississippi. Previously, he worked as an Associate Professor at the School of Law of the Harbin Institute of Technology (China) and as a Lecturer at the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University (the Netherlands).

Dr. Tronchetti’s research is focused on the areas of international space law, aerospace law, international security, and commercialization of space activities in China and South-East Asia. Dr. Tronchetti is regularly invited to give lectures and seminars across the world and has participated as a speaker in several international conferences. He has also provided legal advice to governmental and non-governmental entities in various aerospace matters.

Dr. Tronchetti holds a Ph.D. in International Law (Leiden University), an Advanced LL.M in International Relations (Bologna University, Italy), and studied at the University of Cambridge, England (UK). He is the co-recipient of the 2015 International Academic of Astronautics Social Science Book Award for the best book of 2015 in the field of social science for the book “Handbook of Space Law”, co/authored with Prof. Frans von der Dunk.

Professor Tronchetti is regularly invited to give lectures at several European and Chinese Universities, including the Cologne University (Germany), the Leiden University (the Netherlands), and the Beihang University (Beijing, China) and has participated as a speaker at numerous international conferences.

Prof. Tronchetti’s scholarly is primarily in the areas of international space law and public international law. His publications include two books and more than 20 articles in internationally peer-reviewed space law and policy journals, such as Space Policy, the German Journal of Air and Space Law, the Journal of Space Law, etc.

Adjunct Professor, LL.M. Program in Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi. He holds a Ph.D. in International Space Law (Leiden University) and an Advanced LL.M in International Relations (Bologna University, Italy). He is a Member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), and the Asian Society of International Law (ASIL). He is the recipient of the 2007 Diederiks-Verschoor award for the best paper submitted by an author not older than 40 years to the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) during the 58th International Astronautical Congress of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

Dr. Guoyu Wang (China)
Supreme Academic Council / Space Law Steering Committee

Dean, Academy of Air, Space Policy and Law, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)

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.

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