Space Law and Policy Specialist

Sa’id Mosteshar is a Barrister and California Attorney with degrees in physics and econometrics.  He has advised governments, international agencies and major space corporations on legal and policy issues for thirty years.

Clients have included governments of the United Kingdom, Singapore and Sweden; aerospace corporations including Hughes and BAe; satellite operators including SingTel, Optus and Tachyon.  He was acting CEO of the Tachyon in 2001. He successfully represented the Swedish Space Corporation and Nordiska Satellitaktiebolaget (NSAB) in the UK High Court to secure and defend its orbital slot and frequency assignments against Telenor, the Norwegian satellite operator.

He is Director of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law (ISPL) and Professor of International Space Policy and Law.  A member of the UK Space Leadership Council, he has advised the UK Delegation to the Legal Sub-committee of COPUOS.  He is a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Sa’id led ISPL’s ESA-funded Study, Evidence from Space.  Other publications include two of the earliest books on space topics, Satellite and Cable Television – International Protection, and Satellite Communication. He contributed to the National Regulation of Space Activities, winner of the 2011 Social Sciences Book Award of the International Academy of Astronautics, and to Evidence from Earth Observation Satellites, on ‘EO in the European Union: Legal Considerations’.

He is a frequent speaker on space issues at international conferences.  For more information on his speaking engagements, please contact his chambers administrator.


Image Credit:  NASA

Free Floating (1984).  Astronaut Bruce McCandless is seen floating above Earth. He is farther away from the safety of his spaceship than any astronaut had ever been. This was made possible by a jet pack on his back called the Manned Maneuvering Unit, or MMU. McCandless tested the MMU near the space shuttle. He then went “free-flying” to a distance of 320 feet away from the space shuttle.   Image source = images/content/389934main-sw-1984_free_1024_768.jpg

Accessed on – December 2013.