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Jakhu, Ram

Associate Professor, Institute of Air and Space Law
Chair: Management Board of McGill Manual
Former Director: Institute of Air and Space Law
Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Research Interests: 

International space law, law of space applications, law of space commercialization, government regulation of space activities, law of telecommunications and Canadian communications law, and public international law.

  • Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.); Outer Space Law and Law of Telecommunications; McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Dean's Honours List)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.); Air and Space Law; Government Regulation of Air Transport in Canada and U.S.A., McGill University
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.); Laws of India (Common Law System); Panjab University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); Economics, Political Science and English; Panjab University
Honors and Awards: 
  • 2016: Received the “Leonardo da Vinci Life-Long Achievement Award” from the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety
  • 2011: Received the “Social Sciences Book Award” for my edited book entitled National Regulation of Space Activities (Springer, 2010) from the International Academy of Astronautics
  • 2007: Received the “Distinguished Service Award” for significant contribution to the development of space law from International Institute of Space Law – the top international professional association of space law experts
  • 1972: LL.M.; Public and Private International Law, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Hindu
  • Law, and Legal History; Panjab University, Chandigarh, India (Merit Scholarship)
Professional Memberships: 
  • Member, World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies, Switzerland. (Since 2010, reappointed three consecutive terms)
  • Member, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Encyclopaedia for Life Support Systems (UNESCO-EOLSS) sub-committee on The Science of Space, (since September 2016).
  • Member, Permanent Court of Arbitration, Advisory Group of Space Law Experts for PCA Optional Rules For Arbitration Of Disputes Relating To Outer Space Activities, The Hague, the Netherlands. (2009-2011)
  • Member, United Nations Group of Experts for Education Curriculum on Space Law, Office of Outer Space Affairs, United Nations, Vienna. (Since 2007)
  • Associate Faculty Member, International Space University, Strasbourg, France. (Since 1999)
  • Chairman of the Committee for Legal and Regulatory Issues, Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), the Netherlands. (2006 2016)
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Institute of Space Law, the Netherlands. (1999- 2013)
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Foundation for Aviation and Development, Montreal, Canada. (Since 2005)
  • Member, Governance Group of the Space Security Index, Waterloo, Canada. (Since 2003)
  • Member, International Advisory Board of the Research Project on Legal Aspects of NEO, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA (2009).
  • Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Competitiveness, Gurgaon, India. (Since 2010)
Selected Publications: 
  • Une Gouvernance Globale Renforcée De L’espace Extra-Atmosphérique Pour Un Ordre Stable Et Des Bénéfices Accrus » Annuaire Français De Relations Internationales, 2017, Volume XVIII, pp. 937-949.
  • Ram S. Jakhu and Kuan-Wei Chen, “The Missing Link in the Global Aviation Safety and Security Network: the Case of Taiwan,” CRASL Occasional Paper, XX, September 2016, pp. 18.
  • Ram Jakhu and Kuan-Wei Chen, “International law applicable to the use of commercial satellites for military intelligence gathering purposes,” 2015 Annals of Air and Space Law, pp. 155-180.
  • Ram Jakhu and Yaw Nyampong, “Some Legal Aspects of Space Natural Resources,” Space Law of the European Journal of Law Reform. Issue 18(1), July 2016, pp. 86-104.
  • Ram Jakhu, Catherine Doldirina and Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong, “Findings of an Independent Review of Canada's Remote Sensing Space Systems Act of 2005”, XXXVII, Annals of Air and Space Law, 2012, pp. 399-423.
  • Ram Jakhu and Karan Singh, “Space Security and Competition for Radio Frequencies and Geostationary Slots”, 58 Zeitschrift Für Luft-und Weltraumrecht, 2009, pp. 74-93.
  • Ram Jakhu and Maria Buzdugan, “The Role of Private Actors: Commercial Development of the Outer Space Resources, Including Those of the Moon and other Celestial Bodies: Economic and Legal Implications,” 6 Astropolitics, 2008, pp. 201-250.
  • Ram Jakhu, “Legal Issues Relating to the Global Public Interest in Outer Space”, 32 Journal of Space Law, 2006, pp. 31-110.
  • Ram Jakhu, “Implementing Global Public Interest in Information Society”, 18.1 Revue québécoise de droit international, Vol. 18.1, 2005, pp. 17 -184
  • Ram Jakhu, “Twenty Years of the Moon Agreement: Space Law Challenges for Returning to the Moon”, 54 Zeitschrift Für Luft-und Weltraumrecht, 2005, pp. 243-260.
  • Ram Jakhu, “Challenges in Regulating Satellite Telecommunications in the Early 21st Century”, XXVIII Annals of Air and Space Law, 2003, pp. 281 -309.
  • Ram Jakhu, “International Law Regarding the Acquisition and Dissemination of Satellite Imagery”, Vol. 29 (No. 1 &2), Journal of Space Law, 2003, pp. 65-92.
  • Ram Jakhu, “Safeguarding the Concept of Public Service and the Global Public Interest in Telecommunications”, 5(1) Singapore Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2001, pp 71-102.
  • Ram Jakhu and Joseph Wilson, “The New United States Export Control Regime: Its Impact on the Communications Satellite Industry”, XXV Annals of Air and Space Law, 2000, pp. 157-181.
  • Ram Jakhu, "A legal Analysis of the 1985 ITU Space Conference Report" XLII, International Journal, 1987, pp. 276-288.
  • Donald M. Fleming, E.D. DuCharme, Ram Jakhu and W. Longman, "State Sovereignty and the Effective Management of Shared Global Resources: Evolutionary Developments in the Regulation of International Telecommunication", X, Annals of Air and Space Law, 1985, pp.327-352.
  • Ram Jakhu, "The Evolution of the ITU's Regulatory Regime Governing Space Radiocommunication Services and the Geostationary Orbit", VIII Annals of Air and Space Law, 1983, pp.381-406.
  • Ram Jakhu, "Outer Space Activities and Law: A Third World Perspective", Padjadjaran, (Jakarta), November 1982, pp.63-85.
  • Irving E. Kaplan and Ram Jakhu, “Global Climate Space Reflector Systems: Some Legal Issues’, VII Annals of Air and Space Law, 1982, pp. 353-363.
  • Ram Jakhu, "The Legal Status of the Geostationary Orbit", VII Annals of Air and Space Law, 1982, pp. 333-352.
  • Ram Jakhu, "Direct Broadcasting via Satellite and a New World Information Order", 8 (2) Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, 1981, pp. 375-390.
  • Ram Jakhu and Riccardo Trecroce, "International Satellite Monitoring for Disarmament and Development", V Annals of Air and Space Law, 1980, pp. 509-527.