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Benjamyn I. Scott

Assistant Professor

Dr. B.I. Scott
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Dr Benjamyn I. Scott is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Air and Space Law, and at eLaw – Center for Law and Digital Technologies.

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Dr Benjamyn I. Scott is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL), and eLaw – Center for Law and Digital Technologies.

Dr Scott has a strong background in developing and emerging technologies, where he has concentrated on unmanned aircraft systems (remotely piloted and autonomously flown), urban air mobility and innovative air mobility (eVTOL, societal acceptance and multimodality), cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and unmanned traffic management. Here, Dr Scott supports different stakeholder groups, presents at conferences, publishes journal articles and books, lectures at different universities around the world, and applies for different funding grants. He is also an Editor on the following journal: Air & Space Law, Aviation & Space Law Journal, ICUAS e-Magazine, Drones (Guest Editor), and Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems (Guest Editor).

At the IIASL and eLaw, Dr Scott is the course coordinator for Private Air Law, Internship Air & Space Law and Electronic Communications Law. In addition, he also teaches and supports other courses (Public Air Law, Moot Court Air & Space Law, Aerospace Law, and Law and Human Machine Interaction). Finally, Dr Scott also supervises LLM and PhD theses for both the IIASL and eLaw.

Dr Scott holds an LLB (Hons) in Law with European Legal Studies from the University of Kent and the University of Amsterdam, an LLM in International Commercial Law with a focus on space law from the University of Kent (distinction), an LLM (Adv.) in Air and Space Law from Leiden University (cum laude), and a PhD in Law from the University of Cologne (magna cum laude). Dr Scott’s PhD thesis explored the regulatory approach taken at a European and international level to aviation cybersecurity. The thesis was later published under the title Aviation Cybersecurity: Regulatory Approach in the European Union (Eleven, 2019).

Dr Scott has held numerous positions in the aviation sector. Immediately before joining Leiden University, Dr Scott was the Air Traffic Management (ATM) and New Technologies Manager at AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), which represents around 3,000 European aerospace manufacturers. Before working at ASD, Dr Scott was a Research Associate at the Institute for Air Law, Space Law and Cyber Law at the University of Cologne and a Junior Legal Advisor at the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). He holds the current memberships:

  1. Advanced LLM Exam Commission
  2. Dutch Association for Transport Law (NVV)
  3. European Air Law Association (EALA)
  4. European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) – RMT.0230 Working Group Academic Member
  5. NATO/EUROCONTROL ATM Security Coordinating Group: Member
  6. Royal Aeronautical Society
  7. Women in Aviation International (WAI)
  8. Worldwide Airport Lawyers Association (WALA)

Dr Scott held the former professional memberships/roles:

  1. Alternate Member on the SESAR Administrative Board
  2. Member of the Single European Sky Industry Consultation Body
  3. Member of the EASA/EUROCONTROL Joint CNS Stakeholder Platform
  4. Member of the European Aviation/ATM AI High Level Group
  5. Member of the EUROCONTROL Agency Advisory Board (reformed)
  6. Member of the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA) Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Committee, and Security Committee (Physical and Cybersecurity Subgroups)
  7. Member of the EU European Strategic Coordination Platform for Cybersecurity in Aviation (ESCP)
  8. Member of the European Network of U-space Demonstrators
  9. Member of the joint stakeholder group We are ALL ONE in the Sky
  10. Member of the European Commission’s Informal Expert Group for Drones
  11. Member of the Stakeholder Consultation Body at the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems
  12. Member of the ICAO and United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Space Law Working Group

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Lucht- en Ruimterecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B1.29



  • Air & Space Law Journal Member of the Board of Editors
  • The Aviation & Space Journal Member of the Board of Editors
  • Women in Aviation International (WAI) Member
  • ICUAS Magazine Editorial Board Member
  • Royal Aeronautical Society e-Associate Member
  • AEROHELP Expert in International Air and Space Law
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