Meet our clerks AND RAPPORTEURS

Pragati Mot is an Indian National. She completed her undergrad (BA. L.L.B) from Institute of Law, Nirma University and was a Merit Scholarship Awardee at her Institute. She has growing interest in the field of Space Law and Policy and wishes to pursue Master’s in Space Law to get hands on experience in the commercial space industry. In addition she loves indulging in Art, creative skills and Cultural Travel.

She is of the view that this decade will expose the true potential of the space industry and thus sustainable actions and policies are a need.

Duration of internship with Space Court Foundation: March 2022 – Ongoing

Conghui Liu graduated in Air and Space Law, Master’s Degree, from McGill University. Her paper “Saving Astronaut Who?” was accepted by the GLEX 2021 conference and later published on the IAF’s Digital Library. After graduation, Conghui went to Rome and worked as an intern at UNIDROIT  researching the Space Protocol of the Cape Town Convention.

Currently a student deeply entrenched in the realms of space law, Mr. Sarthak Dixit’s journey started at the confluence of a fascination with physics, astronomy, and the legal domain. An understanding of the intersections between these fields has set him firmly on the path to becoming a prominent figure in space law and policy.

Growing up in India, a nation known for its pioneering strides in space technology, Sarthak was always intrigued by the workings of satellites and telescopes. His scientific background seeded an enduring curiosity about these celestial artifacts, eventually shaping his decision to explore the legal aspects of space interactions.

Mr. Dixit’s firm grasp on international law is reflected in his interdisciplinary interests spanning Public International Law and International Trade Law and Economics. His dedication towards understanding space law’s intricacies transcends the theoretical, as demonstrated by his research paper titled “Reconsidering the current laws on invention in outer space”. This  scholarly discourse emphasizes his commitment to molding the future of space jurisprudence.

Sarthak aspires to expand his academic knowledge by pursuing a Masters’s degree focused on international or space law. His career trajectory is aimed at achieving a position of influence, where he can contribute to shaping crucial space policies, thereby driving responsible off-world endeavors.

His personal interests align with his professional journey. An avid reader, Sarthak regularly immerses himself in literature related to outer space, which complements his penchant for space-themed video games. These hobbies offer a creative mirror of his professional aspirations.

To learn more about Mr. Sarthak Dixit’s academic and professional endeavors, visit his LinkedIn profile.

Justin Lindsay, currently pursuing a Law degree at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is carving a unique niche in the field of space law, a domain he was drawn to due to its nascent stage, especially in the private sector. His educational journey is diverse, encompassing a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies (International Relations and Statistics) from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in History from Drexel University. His focus on Litigation and a Certification in International and Comparative Law complement his keen interest in space law.

Justin’s interest in space law was ignited by the burgeoning nature of private space law and the challenges it presents in balancing growth, safety, and healthy competition. He is fascinated by the parallel advancements in the sciences and space law, driven by the exploration and exploitation of space.

As an American, Justin’s perspective on space exploration is shaped by a sense of routine achievement in space travel, driving him to seek out goals that require significant, innovative effort. He is motivated by the need to go beyond mere exploration, envisioning more efficient, cheaper, and farther-reaching space endeavors.

In the short term, Justin aims to forge connections and deepen his understanding of the law, aspiring to work for the government or private space-focused firms like Astrobotic. His long-term goal is ambitious: co-founding a Lunar-Martian-Belt transport company to facilitate private and public industry mining of celestial objects.

A member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Justin has contributed to space law through research, notably developing a guide for the export of space assets under CCL and ITAR. His interdisciplinary interests are enriched by a decade of experience in international law enforcement, giving him a unique insight into the challenges of harmonizing legislation and cultural differences between countries. He studies international law from both transactional and litigation perspectives, believing in the permanence and significance of private industry in space.

Outside the academic and professional realm, Justin enjoys carpentry, bouldering, running, boxing, reading, cooking, and star-gazing. A unique aspect of his personality is his ability to share the marvels of space with others, using an ISS tracking app to showcase the International Space Station’s flyovers, a testament to his passion for space.

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Mr. Lindsay’s diverse background, combining legal acumen with a passion for space exploration and international relations, positions him uniquely at the forefront of the evolving landscape of space law.

Kaili Ayers, a juris doctor candidate at the University of Oregon School of Law, is forging a distinctive path in space law, underpinned by a solid foundation in international relations from Harvard Extension School and interdisciplinary studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her academic pursuits are marked by a masterful blend of liberal arts and a dedication to nuanced understanding, especially within Japanese-English translation and interpretation.

Her master’s thesis, “Emerging Anti-Satellite Capabilities and the Recourse to Deterrence Theory in Practice,” is a testament to her deep engagement with pressing issues at the nexus of technology and policy. Kaili’s leap into space law was propelled by the field’s infancy and boundless potential to shape a collective future, driving her commitment to join and contribute to this burgeoning community of trailblazers.

Kaili’s immediate professional objectives include delving into the telecommunications sector of legal practice, focusing on regulatory aspects of spectrum allocation and wireless licensing. She envisions her journey leading her to an in-house legal position within the space industry or a regulatory role within governmental agencies overseeing outer space endeavors.

As a student volunteer with the American Bar Association SciTech Space Law Committee, Ms. Ayers is already contributing to the discourse on space law, ensuring her presence is felt among industry pioneers. With the space sector evolving, she remains enthusiastically receptive to unforeseen opportunities that this dynamic field may unveil.
Ms. Ayers is at the forefront of an exhilarating career trajectory, ready to shape the discourse and legal frameworks that will navigate humanity’s venture into the vastness of space.

Andrew Dagher is currently advancing through his final year at the University of California Davis School of Law, having honed his analytical acumen with a degree in philosophy from The Pennsylvania State University. He embarked on the space law trajectory inspired by the cosmic vistas opened in Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” which kindled his fascination with the legal intricacies of space exploration and usage.

Academically, Andrew’s rigorous engagement includes courses such as International Business Transactions, International Litigation and Arbitration, and a specialized SpaceGC Seminar with Professor Brian Israel. His legal acuity is further demonstrated through his scholarly work, “If (A)I Can’t Have It, No One Can: AI Created Inventions and the USPTO Inventorship Criteria,” shedding light on the evolving domain of AI and intellectual property.

With a Legal Intern role at OSA Consulting, LLC, Mr. Dagher is at the confluence of theory and practice, sharpening his skills in a dynamic professional environment. His immediate aspiration is to steer space policy and regulation within key governmental or commercial space sectors. His vision extends to serving as NASA’s Associate General Counsel for International Law and subsequently imparting his knowledge and passion as an academic, teaching Space Law, International Law, or Philosophy.

An advocate for a well-rounded life, Andrew is devoted to an array of physical pursuits including surfing, volleyball, rock climbing, and snowboarding, alongside indulging his creative side through reading and writing fantasy. His LinkedIn profile provides a window into his professional and academic narrative.

Mr. Dagher’s journey in space law is characterized by a steadfast commitment to sculpting the legal scaffolds that will underpin tomorrow’s celestial endeavors.

Fotios Kotzakioulafis, a dedicated student at the University of Sunderland pursuing an LL.B., showcases a deep commitment to understanding and shaping the future of international space law. His academic journey is further enriched by a Master’s in Human Resources Management from the University of Derby, reflecting a broad intellectual foundation. His thesis, “Space Militarization: A Review of International Space Law,” highlights his critical engagement with one of the most pressing issues in space law today.

Fotios’ passion for space law ignited from recognizing the vast potential and inherent challenges of humanity’s endeavors beyond Earth. The pivotal role of legal frameworks in governing space exploration and ensuring responsible and equitable use of space resonates deeply with him. His interest is further influenced by his Greek heritage, where ancient mythology often intertwined with celestial phenomena, offering early narratives on humanity’s quest to understand the universe. This cultural backdrop enriches his perspective, blending historical insight with contemporary legal challenges in space.

In the near term, Fotios aims to immerse himself in the practicalities of space exploration by becoming an analog astronaut. Analog missions, simulating space conditions here on Earth, will allow him to explore the application of legal principles in controlled, yet challenging environments. This experience is seen as a stepping stone towards achieving his broader aspirations within the field of space law.

His long-term goals are ambitious and multifaceted. Fotios aspires to emerge as a leading figure in space law, contributing significantly to the development and implementation of international space laws and regulations. He is passionate about advocating for sustainable space exploration, emphasizing environmental preservation, ethical exploration, and equitable access to space resources. His vision extends to fostering international collaboration among spacefaring entities, addressing legal challenges, and promoting joint ventures in space exploration.

Currently, as a Junior Researcher with the Space Generation Advisory Council, Fotios is positioned at the forefront of space policy research, contributing valuable insights to the community. His involvement with the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) underscores his active participation in the global space law discourse.

Fotios is determined to influence space policy at both national and international levels, advocating for legal frameworks that support peaceful, responsible, and inclusive space activities. His dedication extends to the establishment of governance mechanisms for space activities and emerging technologies like asteroid mining, space tourism, and the deployment of satellite mega-constellations.

Believing in the power of education and public awareness, Fotios is committed to contributing to educational initiatives and inspiring the next generation of space lawyers and policymakers. His LinkedIn profile ([https://www.linkedin.com/in/](https://www.linkedin.com/in/)) offers further insights into his professional journey and his contributions to the field of space law.

Mr. Kotzakioulafis stands as a promising figure in space law, driven by a blend of cultural heritage, academic excellence, and a clear vision for the future of space exploration and utilization.

Ayush Khandelwal is a distinguished student currently pursuing an LLM in Air and Space Law, focusing on his thesis, at McGill University. He comes with a solid foundation in law, having completed his B.A.LLB (Hons.) from MNLU, Nagpur. His academic journey is marked by a profound engagement with space law, particularly reflected in his coursework titled “Space Law as a Self-contained Regime.”

Ayush’s foray into space law was ignited during his participation in the Manfred Lachs Moot Court competition. His passion for the field was further fueled by a mentorship opportunity under the UNOOSA’s Space4Women program, where he was mentored by Maruska Strah. Originating from India, a nation where space law is still an evolving niche, Ayush aims to be a frontrunner in this arena, bringing expertise and experience to a burgeoning market.

In the short term, Mr. Khandelwal is focused on achieving a doctorate degree in space law. His long-term aspirations encompass a broad spectrum of activities within the field, including academia, corporate and startup sectors, policymaking, and other emerging areas. His research contributions are noteworthy, including projects like “Space Law and Medicine” under the Haley Project and contributions to the “Big Book of Space Law.”

Ayush harbors interdisciplinary interests that merge space law with intellectual property rights, medicine, and its interaction with various other fields. He is also an avid practitioner of personal hobbies, such as playing the acoustic guitar, singing Bollywood songs, and playing pool, reflecting a well-rounded personality.

For a deeper insight into his professional and academic pursuits, visit his LinkedIn profile: Ayush Khandelwal on LinkedIn and his university profile: Ayush Khandelwal at McGill University.

Mr. Khandelwal’s journey in space law is driven by a profound love for the field, with a commitment to dedicating his life and work to shaping the legal landscape of space endeavors.

Melanie McComb, a driven and aspiring space law professional, is currently pursuing her JD at Stetson University’s College of Law. She brings to the table a Master’s in International and European Union Business Law from Comillas Pontifical University. Her academic pursuits are underscored by her thesis, “Outer Space – A Littered Legacy and the Final Economic Frontier,” reflecting her keen interest in the complexities of space law.

Melanie’s fascination with space law stems from her desire for a borderless, dynamic career that offers the opportunity to make history and intersects with diverse fields like intellectual property, national security, and sports law. Her immediate academic goals include attending the Advanced Air and Space Law LLM at the University of Leiden, presenting a paper at IAC 2024, and passing the Florida bar.

Looking to the future, Ms. McComb aims to gain substantial work experience, establish a practice, and eventually transition into a law professor role. She aspires to contribute meaningfully to space law by shaping international policies and is considering a PhD to enhance her expertise in the field.

Melanie’s research includes a thesis identifying the satellite industry as a network industry, proposing taxation as a solution to the space debris challenge. She also developed a seminar paper on a one-way tax regime for activities conducted in space. As President of Stetson’s Space Law Society, she has organized events like a “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. I” movie night with a legal scavenger hunt, creatively engaging her peers in space law issues.

Her interdisciplinary interests span intellectual property, data privacy, public procurement, contracts, security interests, sports and entertainment, and national security in their intersection with space law. Melanie’s personal hobbies include learning Spanish, building puzzles, listening to podcasts, exercising, and traveling.

Her LinkedIn profile offers further insights into her professional and academic journey: [Melanie McComb on LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/in/melaniemccomb/). As a Law Clerk at the Space Court Foundation, Ms. McComb has found the experience enlightening and rewarding, continually inspired by her colleagues and the unique field of space law.

Valeria Navarrete, a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies candidate at the University of Waterloo, is making significant strides in the interdisciplinary realms of space law and human rights. Her academic journey began with an Honors degree in Psychology, with a Research Intensive Specialization and a Minor in Legal Studies, also from the University of Waterloo. This unique blend of psychology and legal studies provides Valeria with a nuanced perspective, particularly valuable in the evolving field of space law.

Valeria’s journey into space law was serendipitous, sparked by her curiosity in public international law. This exploration led her to the intriguing and multifaceted world of space law, a field she describes as a captivating rabbit hole from which she has no intention of emerging. Her enthusiasm for the subject is evident in her eagerness to delve deeper into its complexities.

In the short term, Valeria is keen on expanding her involvement in the space community. She is considering engaging with the Space Generation Advisory Council, particularly in their policy, law, ethics, and human rights groups. These interests align seamlessly with her long-term aspiration of attending law school, with an ambition to explore the intersection of space law and human rights – a reflection of her enduring commitment to broadening her horizons.

Valeria’s personal hobbies are as diverse and engaging as her academic pursuits. She enjoys reading, music, and puzzles, and stays active with sports like kickboxing, boxing, rock climbing, and soccer. Valeria also cherishes spending quality time with friends, embracing the joys of social interaction and relaxation.

Ms. Navarrete stands out for her multidisciplinary approach and commitment to exploring the synergy between space law and human rights. Her unique perspective is sure to contribute significantly to the discourse in these fields, as she navigates her promising career path.

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Lilith Salisbury is from London,  England, and is currently completing her Advanced LLM in Air and Space Law at Leiden University. Her thesis research is centred around the use of cross-waivers in space contracts, particularly in the domain of space situational awareness data sharing agreements, Global Navigation Satellite Systems and the International Disaster Charter. Lilith recently competed in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition on behalf of Leiden University where the team placed third in the European regional rounds. She has also recently spoken at the Model Office for Outer Space Affairs at the Haarlem Model United Nations on liability issues in space law, and at the 7th European Space Generation Workshop on issues of diversity in the space sector. She recently started the ‘Women for Safety and Sustainability in Space’ interview series with the Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group in the the Space Generation Advisory Council. Outside of work Lilith regularly climbs and explores caves with the University of Manchester speleology society.
Adriana (“Ana”) Santana, an astute Juris Doctor candidate at Georgetown University Law Center, brings a passionate and comprehensive approach to space law, augmented by her academic foundation. With a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada-Reno, Ana’s entrance into space law was inspired by a deep-seated desire to advocate for the protection and sustainable use of space. Currently engaged in Georgetown’s Space Law Seminar and drafting a seminar paper titled “Establishing a Liability Framework for Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Destinations,” she is making significant strides in contributing to the development of space law.

Ana’s interest in space law was sparked in her youth, with early dreams of becoming an astronaut evolving into a commitment to legal advocacy for space. This commitment was solidified upon discovering the opportunity to study space law, merging her passion for space with a zeal for creating sustainable legal frameworks. Ana is determined to develop space law from a foundation of sustainability, cooperation, and protection of the unique environment of space, driven by her active involvement in learning, discussions with experts, and dedication to space law and sustainability.

Her cultural and geographical background as half-Mexican influences Ana’s perspective, motivating her to serve as a role model for Mexican and Hispanic youth with aspirations in space and law. Her reflections on family experiences in Jalisco, Mexico, inform her understanding of global disparities, reinforcing her dedication to promoting international inclusivity and equitable space policy in her future work.

Short-term, Ana is focused on gaining as much experience and knowledge in space law through internships, publications, and participation in conferences, aiming to positively impact the space law community upon graduating.

Long-term, Ana aspires to be recognized as an expert within her specialization in space law, advocating for the responsible and sustainable use of space. She is exploring diverse opportunities in the field, committed to mentoring young professionals and students in space law, honoring the supportive guidance she received from the community, including the Space Court Foundation.

Beginning in May 2024, Ana will start her role as a Summer Associate at Eversheds Sutherland. She is also set to participate in the 2024 International Astronautical Congress, reflecting her proactive engagement in the space law community. Ana’s academic interests extend to environmental and intellectual property law, highlighting her interdisciplinary approach.

Beyond her academic and professional pursuits, Ana enjoys creative writing, reading, movies, baking, travel, exploring museums, and video gaming, showcasing a diverse and inquisitive nature.

Ana’s LinkedIn profile ([https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriana-j-santana/](https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriana-j-santana/)) provides additional insight into her career trajectory, academic interests, and personal hobbies.

Ana stands as a dynamic figure in space law, driven by a commitment to sustainability, inclusivity, and mentorship. Her journey represents not just a personal ambition but a guiding force for those looking to contribute to the sustainable and ethical exploration and use of space

Henry Yaeger is a distinguished emerging professional in the field of space law and policy, currently sharpening his expertise as a student. He holds a Master’s Degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His thesis, “Analyzing the Arguments and Opinions Surrounding Space Privatization,” showcases his deep dive into the critical discussions shaping the future of space exploration and utilization.

Henry’s journey into the realm of space law was ignited by his childhood fascination with space, spurred by iconic shows like “Star Trek” and an unforgettable experience at Space Camp. His interest in policy and law crystallized during his high school years, eventually converging with his space enthusiasm when he discovered the possibility of melding these areas through space law. This realization propelled him into a dedicated pursuit of knowledge and expertise in the field, a path he has followed with unwavering commitment.

In the short term, Henry aims to enhance his skills and practical knowledge in space law, under the guidance of seasoned professionals in policy. His long-term vision is ambitious: to influence the ways governments and individuals engage with outer space. He seeks to adapt space law and norms to contemporary technology and societal needs, thereby laying the groundwork for a promising future in space exploration and utilization.

Mr. Yaeger co-founded and currently leads policy initiatives at the Clean Orbit Foundation, where his work focuses on researching space debris, national and international space policy, and exploring the potential for a circular economy in outer space. This role allows him to actively contribute to shaping a sustainable future in space activities.

Henry’s LinkedIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-yaeger-9524aa132/) and the Clean Orbit Foundation’s about page (https://cleanorbitfoundation.org/about-us/) provide further insights into his professional journey and current projects.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Henry enjoys a diverse array of personal hobbies. He is an avid reader, engages in tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs), and participates in axe throwing, demonstrating a balance between intellectual stimulation and physical activity.

As a proactive member of the space law community, Mr. Yaeger is driven by the prospect of making a tangible impact on space governance and policy. His dedication to this cause is evident in his academic achievements, professional endeavors, and personal interests, marking him as a promising figure in the evolving landscape of space law and policy.