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Tanja Masson-Zwaan

Drs. T.L. Masson-Zwaan, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director at International Institute of Air and Space Law and President at International Institute of Space Law (IISL)
Tanja Masson-Zwaan

Tanja Masson-Zwaan is Asst. Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Since 2007, she is the elected President of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).
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.
She 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).
Tanja is an elected member of various professional associations, was a founding board member of Women in Aerospace-Europe, and serves as advisor to various organizations including Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), Secure World Foundation (SWF) and Mars One.
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.