Tanja Masson-Zwaan is Asst. Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, The Netherlands.
In 2016 she was elected President Emeritus of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL, www.iislweb.org), after having served as President since 2007, and before that as Secretary since 1991.
Tanja advises various bodies on space law issues, teaches and supervises students at Bachelors, Masters and PhD level, carries out research and publishes on a broad range of space law topics.
She lectured at many universities worldwide, set up courses in air and space law at the National University of Singapore and worked as a consultant for a space insurance broker in France and in her own company in the Netherlands. Each year, she attends the sessions of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as an official observer for IISL.
Member professional organisations
Tanja is an elected member of various professional associations such as the International Astronautical Academy ( IAA, Full Member), the Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace ( ANAE, Membre Titulaire), the International Law Association (ILA, including its Space Law Committee and the Netherlands' Branch NVIR), the European Centre for Space Law ( ECSL), of which she was a Board Member from 1989 - 1996. She is Vice Chairman of the Netherlands Space Society (NVR), and serves as advisor to various organizations including Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), Secure World Foundation (SWF) and Mars One. She is a member of the Board of Editors of the journal Air and Space Law (Kluwer), a Faculty member of the London Insitute of space policy and law and Member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Journal of Air and Space Law (National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India). She previously served as a Member of the Founding Board of Women in Aerospace-Europe (2009-2012) and as Member of the Advisory Board of HE Space Operations (2010-2012).
The EU appointed Tanja as a member of the Commission Expert Group H2020/Advisory Group Space in 2015, and of the Commission Expert Group/H2020 Advisory Group on Gender. The Dutch Government appointed her as an arbitrator for space related disputes at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2012, and as a member of the Space Learning Group of ICAO in 2014. She is a co-founder and member of the Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group.
Tanja is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the IISL (2001), the Social Sciences Award of the International Academy of Astronautics, IAA (2008) and the IAF Distinguished Service Award (2015).
Title research: Legal and regulatory aspects of private commerial human spaceflight.
External PhD candidate
- Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
- Instituut voor Publiekrecht
- Lucht- en Ruimterecht
- President Emerita
- Adjunct Faculty
- Member, Advisory Committee
- Member Honorary Board
- International Advisory Committee, Expert Member
- Consortium Partner/Member
- Member, Board of Editors
- Member of the Editorial Advisory Board
- faculty member