Rosetta Mission Landing on Comet

Everyone at ISPL joins in congratulating those involved in the Rosetta Mission, after the successful landing of . . . [more]

Student Space Law & Policy Course

ISPL is pleased to announce its first student space law & policy course for those at university. It will take . . . [more]

Space Law and Policy Course for Students – Date Change

ISPL is pleased to announce its first space law and policy course for students, to take place on a Saturday to be . . . [more]

Space Law and Policy Course (CPD) Completed May 2014

The 2014 Space Law and Policy Course for practitioners, civil servants, academics and space sector . . . [more]

Space Law and Policy Course (CPD) Open for Enrolment

ISPL is pleased to announce that enrolment is now open for the 2014 Space Law and Policy Course.

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In Memory of Professor Vladimír Kopal

We are sad to report that Professor Vladimír Kopal passed away on 27 January 2014 at the age of 85.

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The London Institute of Space Policy and Law

Welcome to ISPL



ISPL is The London Institute of Space Policy and Law.  We are dedicated to the impartial study and development of space policies and related law.  Our aim is to help ensure that these policies and laws  advance human interaction with outer space and its use for the betterment of life on Earth.

We are focused on educating and informing both present and future policy makers and lawyers to lead the way to achieve that end.

We equip individuals and organisations with the tools to address the complex issues arising with the growth of the modern, thriving space sector.

Our approach is multi-disciplinary, informed by scientific, technical, economic and social factors. Our diverse international Faculty creates the environment to realise that objective.

Who We Are


ISPL is an independent registered charity, associated with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London University.

We bring together a faculty of leading academics, legal and policy professionals, scientists and engineers, political scientists and managers and others active in the space sector around the world. Together they offer a wealth of knowledge and experience in different cultural settings. ISPL also greatly benefits from the advice of world leaders in the sector, both on our Board of Directors and in our Board of Advisers.

ISPL has close links with the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs, national space agencies and many commercial enterprises, law firms and academic institutions around the world. We collaborate with many educational and research organisations.

What We Do


ISPL offers postgraduate degrees in space policy and space law.  We carry out other research in space policy and law topics, both independently and commissioned by international, government and private entities.   We examine the merits and consequences of alternative policy and legal options available to states active in space.

We provide undergraduate courses and lectures, complete modules as part of courses taught at other institutions, as well as industry and practitioner seminars on topical subjects.  In addition, we offer continuing professional development (CPD) seminars carrying credit for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Bar Council, and intensive certificate courses on space-related topics.  These are frequent and usually very topical.

ISPL also generates space policy and legal white papers, examining proposed or potential policies and laws. Our research reports, studies and background documents are often available online.


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