Space Law: Basic Legal Documents
Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel has been Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law at Cologne University from 1975 till 2001.
He held several functions in the field of air and space law, such as Member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law; Chairman of both German Commissions on Air and Space Law 1977-2001; Chairman of Working Group Air Law of International Chamber of Commerce 1979-2001; Chairman of Space Law Committee of the International Law Association 1985-2001; Board Member, European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) 1980-2001; Chairman, Intelsat, Panel of Legal Experts 1995-1999; Chairman of Council, German National Space Agency (DARA) 1990-1994.
He practices as parties' counsel, as mediator, and as arbitrator in many national and international arbitration proceedings of the ICC, ICSID, NAFTA, UNCITRAL and others.
Dr. Marietta Benkö is an independent legal consultant in the field of air and space law, working as a scholar and practitioner since 1978 and lecturing worldwide.
From 1978-2013 she has worked as an attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwältin) in Cologne. Furthermore, she held the position as the Executive Editor of the German Journal of Air and Space Law (Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht) and as a staff member at the Institute of Air and Space Law at Cologne University from 1975 till 2001.
From 1979 to 2013 she served as the legal adviser to the German Delegation in the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS).
As a host and independent peer reviewer in the field of air and space law she is working for the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, promoting academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.
In 1996 she was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens) for her work in the United Nations. In 2013 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Institute of Space Law.