Eilene M. Galloway was a pioneer in the fields of space law and policy. We endeavor annually to honor her legacy by coming together to share our knowledge and passion. The Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law (Symposium) has its roots in a 2006 conference and workshop organized by the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL), Faculty of Law, McGill University and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) in cooperation with the Cologne Institute of Air and Space Law, the Leiden International Institute of Air and Space Law and the University of Mississippi National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law (Center). The topic of the inaugural event was: “The Conference and Workshop on the Policy and Law Relating to Outer Space Resources: Examples of the Moon, Mars, and Other Celestial Bodies,” and was a huge success.

Following the initial program, the IISL has held annually the Galloway Symposium, bringing together the brightest and most brilliant advocates in international space law.

See the most recent Galloway symposia below:

This year’s Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law took place on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC. The topic of 2019 wan Contemporary Issues and New Lessons in Space Commercialization and the programme can be found here.
On 5 December, at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., over one hundred attendees joined multiple speakers from across the international space law communities for a very successful 13th Annual IISL Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law. The speakers and keynotes throughout the day highlighted the challenges of the development of both domestic and international space law and the interaction of space law with physics, regulation, commercial development, robotic and human exploration, and political philosophy. Kevin O’Connell, Director of the Office of Space Commerce spoke on how the Trump Administration is seeking to define “light touch, permissive regulation” that enables space commerce. The two morning panel discussions focused on the interactions of law, technology, and physics as governments and companies seek to provide space traffic management. Representatives from the U.S. State Department and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics presented and discussed the relationship between the legal concept of ‘due regard’ and the physical definition of the Karman Line (the altitude(s) where air space ends and outer space begins). Secure World Foundation’s new Executive Director, Peter Martinez updated the Symposium on the status and next steps of the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space’s Long-Term Sustainability Guidelines. Having reached consensus among 87 member states on 21 guidelines in Vienna in June 2018, the process now moves to national implementation. The afternoon panels featured discussions of careers in the space law field, the rule of law across legal cultures in Asia, the Middle East, and the West, and finally legal solutions for international partnerships in exploration. In memoriam, the Symposium also presented the IISL Lifetime Achievement Award to the family of Dr. George S. Robinson, longtime IISL member and major supporter of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. More information, including a more complete summary of the days event and copies of some of the presentations can be found below: