Meet our rapporteurs and clerks

Pankaj Mehta (He/Him) is pursuing B.A.LL.B.(Hons.) at Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur, India. As a law student he has developed keen interest in the areas such as Gender & law, Public International Law, Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence, Space Law & Policy and IPR Law. Currently, he is working as an Associate Editor for DNLU Student Law Journal.

Sammia completed a LLM in Transnational Legal Studies at the Free University Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) in 2018 and is currently pursuing a LLM in Air and Space Law at the University of Leiden (Universiteit Leiden). Additionally, Sammia has a BA in Arabic Language and Culture from the University of Amsterdam (Universiteit van Amsterdam). These academic backgrounds combined resulted in a general interest in international space law and policy and a specific interest in developments in the space sector in the MENA region.

Joey graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in History and Foreign Affairs in 2019, and is currently studying at Florida State University College of Law. A space enthusiast since the age of 6, he always knew he wanted to do something in the field. Joey currently serves as the President of FSU Law’s Aviation and Space Law Society, and has experience clerking for firms specializing in Labor and Employment and Native American Law.

Charlie JP Bennett is a British national, and permanent Dutch resident. He has graduated with two LL.Ms in ‘Public International Law’ and ‘European Law’ from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and seeks to enter legal practice in the field of international dispute resolution. To that end – and in light of his intense interest in all things space; since he almost became a physicist – he wrote his first LL.M thesis on the contemporary dispute resolution framework of space law. He looks to expand upon and develop knowledge of this area at the Space Court Foundation, which has thankfully not lost sight of the fundamental principles upon which the first space treaties were written; which risk being set aside in light of current developments. Aside from this endeavour, he also works in legal research at the TMC Asser institute in The Hague.

Raoul Cardellini (he/him, they/them) is a half Italian and Half German Law graduate. They pursued a Master of Laws at the University of Perugia (Italy): during their studies they undertook a semester at the KU Leuven (Belgium) for the purpose of taking exams and attending classes, as well as seven months at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) for the purpose of doing research for their Master’s Thesis.

Their thesis, drafted and defended in English, was a comparative analysis of the utilization and spread of the proportionality principle as well as the balancing technique as adopted by the ECJ, the ECtHR, by the United States, Germany, and Italy and their respective Courts.

They are currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in “European Legal Integration and Human Rights” while being a Legal Trainee in Berlin, after which they intend on further specializing in Space Law. They discovered a passion for Space Law back in 2021, and have been trying to hone their skills and legal knowledge so as to pursue a career in this field.

Anmol Dhawan graduated with B.A., LL.B (Honors.) from the National Law University Delhi. He has been a part of the team that was adjudged as World Champions at the International Institute of Space Law’s Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition 2020. His interest lies in exploring the linkages between branches of public international law and the rapidly evolving area of space law. At the Space Generation Advisory Council, he has worked on multiple projects, ranging from outer space sustainability to usage of satellite data for climate action and evidencing of human rights claims in international tribunals. He is a member of SGAC Space Law and Policy Project’s research team that presented a report on the national implementation of the Long Term Sustainability Guidelines at the 60th session of the Legal Subcommittee, United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. In 2021, he was conferred a scholarship by the Astronautical Society of India-Indian Space Research Organization to participate in the International Astronautical Congress in Dubai. Along with SCF’s Space Court Law Library Projects, currently, he is also working as a research assistant to Mr. Debi Prasad Dash, a member of the United Nations Security Council’s Panel of Experts, for a report on the legal challenges in combating international terrorism.

Meghna. D. Dhanwani is currently a law student who has interned at quite a  few places in different aspects of law.

Meghna is currently an intern at SCF which has been truly immersing. In aspects of law a few of Meghna’s interests are, Mediation, Intellectual Property Rights, Aviation and Space laws.

Megnhna is a person who is open to new challenges, tries to learn and develop various skills, and implement them the best ways possible.

Anubha Gupta is from India and is currently pursuing her BBA/LLB from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), Delhi

Heath Hoeffner is originally from Georgia, USA and has been a space lover and enthusiast ever since his parents put glow in the dark stars and planets on his ceiling when he was 4 years old. He completed his undergrad education at Georgia College and State University where he completed his dual major of History and Political Science and received Bachelors Degrees for both in 2021. He is a current second year law student at the University of Mississippi School of Law where he studies Air and Space Law and seeks to complete his LLM in Space Law at the same institution upon graduating. He is passionate about the preservation of human heritage sites in space and helps the organization For All Moonkind with research related activities when possible. He is passionate that the future of the human race lies in space and wants to be part of the generation that helps make that future a reality. His out of work hobbies include reading sci fi and fantasy novels, using his telescope, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Ayush Khandelwal is a law graduate from National Law University, Nagpur. He is currently pursuing his LLM in Air and Space Law (Thesis) from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He was a mentee under Maruska Strah, the executive director of World Space week Association under the UNOOSA’s Space4women programme. His current research interests are in the diversified areas of International Law, specifically air and space law. He is currently working towards pursuing a career in Space law with a goal to pursue a doctoral degree in the area. 

Doğa Kale graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law in 2022 and is currently doing her legal internship at the Istanbul Bar Association in Turkey. Her working areas include cryptocurrency exchanges, start-up investments, acquisitions, capital markets, and investment funds. She is also CEO Office at LawPodcast Media which produces global podcast content focused on law. The elective courses she took on International Aspects of Aviation Law at the college led her to research Space Law. She believes that the exploration and freedom of use of outer space without discrimination between States will provide a solution to many of the problems that have a devastating effect on Earth including the goals of Sustainability. She also thinks that a comprehensive legal framework should be created to achieve this target. In addition to her legal education, she completed courses on Entrepreneurship, Industry 4.0, and Big Data. 

Robert Kresánek is a Slovak student of International Relations at the Rhein-Waal University in Germany. He is passionate about public international law and specifically as it relates to space and human rights. Currently, he is working on a thesis which discusses a conflict between the two.

Justin Lindsay is a current student at the University of Pittsburgh Law School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Having attained a BS in History from Drexel University, he served in the United States Army for ten years. During this time he obtained an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, combining International Relations and Statistics. At Pitt, Justin is pursuing a certificate in International and Comparative Law with a concentration in Civil Litigation. Justin’s fascination with space began when his parents got him his first telescope at age six, and on any clear night he can still be found scanning the sky. He hopes to apply his knowledge to dispute resolution and to the sustainable development of celestial objects.

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.

Gabriel Evalsam Lyster is a student of the Faculty of Law, University of Uyo, Nigeria. Currently a group lead at the University of Uyo Law Clinic; Director of Academics and Programs of Ime Umanah Chambers; and President, Christian Law Student Fellowship of Nigeria.

An avid learner, with a keen interest in Technology, Robotics, Space, and the Law of artificial Intelligence. He has Contributed to the growth of organizations at various levels.

He has participated in a number of local and international debate and Moot Court Competitions with a certified skill in legal advocacy.

Rahul Matharu is a final year student at law centre-2 Faculty of Law, Delhi University. He did his undergraduate degree in commerce from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College Delhi University.

He has done a Postgraduate Diploma in Air and Space Law from Jamia Milia Islamia college Central University of India. He completed a postgraduate diploma in International business operation and Master degree in commerce. 

Rahul has a keen interest in space law and I give all credit to Dr. Carl Sagan for prompting his interest in space the precious world of Dr Carl Sagan echoed in his ears: “ The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries of the Universe.”

Keya Rebello is an advocate based in New Delhi, India. She is interested in discussions surrounding space law, public  international law, and criminal law.

Tapaswini Sharma is an Indian student who works with several international organizations specializing in different fields of outer space. She is an Analog Astronaut at Habitat Marte, Research intern for the Space Court Foundation, Youth Ambassador at iGIANT,  Board Member at Etre, a Junior Ambassador at the Jacques Rougerie Foundation and a Space Hero Insider. She is also a Member of the Alliance for Space Development and YOUNGO. She is keenly interested in space activities and has worked on several projects related to spacecrafts and future space habitats.