Drs. Tanja Masson-Zwaan

Drs. Tanja Masson-Zwaan is Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University. She has specialised in the field of air and space law since 25 years. Masson Zwaan currently teaches air and space law in the advanced Masters programme (LLM) in air and space law of Leiden University, and carries out various research activities. She is the President of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and has published papers on a variety of topics over the years. She lectures on space law all over the world, advises the Dutch government and other national and international bodies on matters relating to space law, and attends the sessions of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as an observer.

After obtaining her masters degree in international law, she was Co-Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL) at Leiden University from 1985-1990. Tanja Masson Zwaan spent almost 15 years abroad before returning to the Institute in 2008. During her expatriation, she set up and taught courses in air and space law at the National University of Singapore, worked as a consultant in France for industrial and institutional clients, and served many years as Executive Secretary of the IISL. She created Adastra Consulting after having moved back to The Netherlands in 2004 and worked as an independent consultant on various projects in the fields of air and space law.

Tanja Masson Zwaan is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the IISL (2001) and of the Social Sciences Award of the International Academy of Astronautics, IAA (2008).

She is a member of various professional organisations such as the International Astronautical Academy (IAA, Full Member), the Académie de l’air et de l’espace (ANAE, France), the International Law Association (ILA, including its Space Law Committee and the Netherlands' Branch NVIR), the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), of which she was a Board Member from 1989 - 1996. She is a Faculty member of the London Insitute of space policy and law, Board member of Women in Aerospace-Europe (created in 2009), and the Netherlands Society for Aerospace (NVR), an Advisory Board member of HE Space Operations, of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), and of the Asian Journal of Air and Space Law (National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India).

Tanja Masson-Zwaan is author of the part on the Nuclear Power Sources Principles (Volume III).