Prof. Dr. Ram S. Jakhu

Prof. Dr. Ram S. Jakhu has over twenty-five years of experience in space-related fields.  He is presently holding a tenured position of an Associate Professor at the Institute of Air and Space Law, Faculty of Law, of McGill University in Montreal, where he has been teaching several courses covering numerous subjects including international and national space law and policy, export controls, space applications, space commercialization, telecommunication law, public international law, etc.


From January 1995 to December 1998, Dr. Jakhu served full-time the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France, holding various titles, including a Professor and the first Director of the Master of Space Studies program. He has served as a project manager for several international and interdisciplinary space-related studies. Since 1991, he has also been participating in the ISU Summer Sessions, as a Co-Chair at the 1993 SSP in Huntsville and 1994 in Barcelona.  


Prof. Jakhu's research interests include law and policy of space applications, government (national) regulation of space activities, telecommunications, and space business. He has authored a book and more than 60 articles in several reputed journals and edited three books on ‘Space Safety Regulations and Standards,’ ‘National Regulation of Space Activities’ and ‘The Need for an Integrated Regulatory Regime for Aviation and Space: ICAO for Space?’. He has presented numerous papers and expert legal opinions at various conferences around the world and participated in several space-related studies.


Prof. Jakhu is the founder and President of Cyber & Space Telecom Inc., a Montreal-based consulting firm, specializing in space and telecom business, law and policy.  The firm has undertaken over 25 consulting assignments for various governments, organizations and private companies from around the world.


Dr. Jakhu is a Member of an Advisory Group for the Permanent Court of Arbitration, a Member of the Space Security Council of the World Economic Forum, a Fellow as well as the Chairman of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety and a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).  In 2007, he received a “Distinguished Service Award” from the IISL (an international professional association of space law experts) for a significant contribution to the development of space law.


He holds a Doctor of Civil Law (Dean's Honours List) degree in Space Law and Policy from McGill University; a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree in the field of Air and Space Law from McGill University. In addition, he has earned LL.M. (in Public and Private International Law), LL.B. (in Laws of India) and Bachelor of Arts (in Economics and Political Science) degrees from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India.

Prof. Jakhu is author of chapter 4 on Article II of the Outer Space Treaty (Volume I) and of the part on the Moon Agreement (Volume II).