Presenter: Professor Armel Kerrest

Name: Professor Armel Kerrest
Position: Head, Department of Public Law, University of Western Brittany, France

Biography: Armel Kerrest studied in Saarbrucken and Paris; he is a ÒDocteur d'ƒtatÓ from the University of Paris I - Pantheon-Sorbonne, (1985 thesis award of the Universities of Paris). Now Professor of Public Law, he teaches International Public Law, especially Space Law and Law of the Sea, at the Universities of Western Brittany and Paris XI. He taught in other French and foreign universities on many occasions, published books and articles on European, and International Law especially Space Law and Law of the Sea. He conducts his research activities within the ÒUnitŽ mixte de rechercheÓ (UMR) Ifremer/University of Western Brittany, AMURE, Brest, France.He advises the French Space Agency (CNES), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Senate (Commission for Economy), the European Union, the United Nations Office for Outer Space, Eutelsat International Organisation and other Governments and International Organisations on Space Law. Since 1997, he has been a member and legal adviser of the French delegation to the UN COPUOS legal subcommittee. He was a member of the Working Group of the French ÓConseil dÕEtatÓ advising the Prime Minister of France on the elaboration of the space legislation adopted by the French Parliament in 2008. He is the Vice chairman of the European Center for Space Law of the European Space Agency (ECSL/ESA), the President of the Association for the Development of Space Law in France, the Chairman of the Institute of Law of International Spaces and Telecommunications (Brittany); a Member of the Space Law Committee of the International Law Association (ILA) and of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) a Member of the Board of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) and of the SociŽtŽ francaise de droit aŽrien et spatial (SFDAS); a member of the scientific board of the Institut de Droit de lÕEspace et des TŽlŽcommunications (University of Paris-South). He is a member of the editorial board of the Zeitschrift fŸr Lulf und Weltraumrecht (ZLW, Cologne, Germany) and of the Chinese Review of Space Law. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and a corresponding member of the AcadŽmie de l'Air et de l'Espace.