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Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Nandasiri Jasentuliyana



I . National of Sri Lanka . Born on 23 November 1938.


II. Education Background: LL.B. University of Ceylon, Sri Lanka; LL.B. University of London, United Kingdom; Attorney-at-Law, Ceylon Law College, Sri Lanka; Graduate Diploma in Air and Space Law, McGill University; Diploma of the Academy of International and Comparative Law, Dallas, Texas, USA; Attendance Certificate, The Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands.


III. Professional Background: Deputy to the Director-General, United Nations Office at Vienna (1994 to 1999); Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) (1988 to 1999); Political Affairs Officer, Deparment of Political and Security Council Affairs, United Nations (1965 to 1988); Executive Secretary of the United Nations Conference on Nuclear Energy (UNPICPUNE) (1986-1987); Executive Secretary of the United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE) (1981-1982); President, International Institute of Space Law (IISL) (1993 to date); Member, Board of Trustees of the International Space University (ISU); Member, Board of Directors of the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Faculty of Law, University of Leiden (1997-to date); Programme Officer, Asia Foundation (1962-1963); Attorney at Julius and Creasy (1962).


IV. Functions:

a) Deputy to the Director-General, United Nations Office at Vienna , (1994 to 1999) :

Under the delegated authority of the Director-General, is responsible for the executive direction and management of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), comprising 1,000 international staff; represents the Secretary-General and the Director-General at United Nations at international meetings; conducts host country relations, relations with the permanent missions of member States, IGOs and NGOs; accepts credentials and meets with permanent representatives/senior officials of governments, IGOs and NGOs to discuss policies, programmes and issues.


b) Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), (1988 to 1999) :

As the principal adviser to the Secretary-General on matters relating to space activities formulates policy measures and work programmes of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs with its multi-sectoral programmes involving political, legal, technical and technical assistance components; directs and coordinates the planning and provision of secretariat services to the United Nations bodies dealing with space-related activities.

c) President, International Institute of Space Law (IISL), (elected in 1993 to succeed late Judge Manfred Lachs,(Judge of the World Court ), twice re-elected, current term to 2005) :

As President of the Institute, an NGO established in 1960 and headquartered in Paris, presides over an international Board of Directors and, as Chief Executive Officer, oversees the work of the Institute with members in 60 countries; organizes the Institute's annual Colloquium which attracts over fifty research papers, the proceedings of which are published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Washington, DC, USA; organizes the annual Manfred Lachs international Moot Court Competition, the final of which is presided over by three judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).


V. Other United Nations Related Experience: Presiding Officer, Joint Appeals Board (New York), 1989-1992; Coordinator, Panel on Discrimination (New York), 1983-1985; Member, Joint Appeals Board (New York), 1979-1988; Member, Joint Appeals Board (Vienna), 1993-1996; Member, Panel of Counsel, 1965-1978; Member, Appointment and Promotions Committee (New York) 1970-1978; Chairman, Appointment and Promotions Board (UNDCP, Vienna) 1994-1997; Represented the United Nations at several conferences convened by ITU, WMO, UNESCO, ICAO and FAO; and has acted as Secretary of inter-agency bodies.


VI. Academic Experience: Visiting University Lecturer At Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, McGill; Senior Research Fellow, London University - University College (1975-1976); Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Space Policy (1985 to date); Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Space Law (1981 to date); Lecturer, Summer Course of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) at Universities of Perugia, Italy; Brest, France; Lapland, Finland; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Leiden, The Netherlands.


VII. Honours and Awards: Selected by the United States National Space Society to its unique worldwide list of "100 space people who have had the greatest impact on our lives" (1992); Elected as an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) whose worldwide membership is limited to 1000 members (1990); Testimonial Award of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). Award given annually in recognition of important contributors to space law and policy (1982); Book Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) (1989); 1996 Elected Academician of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics (1996); Commonwealth Scholar McGill University, Canada (1963-1964); Editor, Ceylon Law College Review (1961); Ceylon Law College Scholarship for Standing First of the Order of Merit (1959); All Round Student of the Year, Richmond College (1958); Who's Who in the World (1998); Who's Who in International Organizations (1992); Who's Who in the United Nations and Related Agencies.


VIII. Publications

A. Books: Space Law and the United Nations, Kluwer Law International, UK (1999); Perspectives on International Law , Kluwer Law International (Ed., 1995); Manual on Space (four volumes), Oceana, New York (Ed., 1979); International Space Programmes and Policies , North-Holland, New York (Ed., 1984); Maintaining Space for Peaceful Purposes, United Nations University, Tokyo (1984); Space Law: Development and Scope , Praeger, New York (1991); Foreign Policy of Sri Lanka as reflected at the United Nations , Kluwer Law International, UK (Forthcoming).


B. Chapters in Books: The Development of Space Law from a Third World Perspective (Chapter 7), in V.S. Mani and S. Bhatt, Recent Trends in International Space Law and Policy , Lancers Books, New Delhi (1997); Future Perspectives of Space Law (Chapter 3), in Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, Perspectives of Air Law, Space Law, and International Business Law for the Next Century , Carl Heymanns Verlag KG, Cologne (1995); The International Regulatory Regime for Satellite Communications: The Meaning for Developing Countries, in Ko Swan Sik et at, Asian Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 2, Kluwer Academic Publishers (1994); International Law of Outer Space, in Cambridge University Encyclopedia , Cambridge (1991); Remote Sensing and the Role of the United Nations (Chapter 15), in Michael Krepons, Commercial Observation Satellites and International Security , St. Martin Press, New York (1990); Priorities for International Protection of the Space Environment (Chapter 14), in Karl-Heinz Böcstiegel, Environment Aspects of Space Activities , Carl Heymanus and Verlag, Cologne (1989); Development of Peaceful Uses of Space Technology and International Law, in Josef Mrizek, The Role of Scientists in Preventing an Arms Race in Outer Space, Academia Press, Prague (1988); Satellite Remote Sensing in Developing Countries: The Experience of West Africa (Chapter 16), in A.S. Bhalla, New Technologies and Development: Experience in Technology Blending , Lynne Rienner Publishers, London (1988); Conflict Resolution in Outer Space: New Approaches - Old Techniques (Part II, Chapter 1), in Rene Jean Dupuy, The Settlement of Disputes of the New Natural Resources , Martin Nijhoff, The Hague (1983); Implications of Space Surveillance: Strategic and Political Aspects (Chapter 8), in Mateesco Matte, Space Surveillance for Arms Control and Verification , Crasl, Montreal (1987); Space Weapons and International Law: A Critique of Existing Treaties (Chapter V), in Mateesco Matte, An Arms Race in Outer Space: Could Treaties Prevent It?, Crasl, Montreal (1985); Third World Perspectives of Space Technology, in Mateesco Matte, Space Activities and Implications at the Threshold of the 80's , Carswell Co., Ltd., Toronto (1980).


C. Journal Articles: Basic Space Science and Developing Countries, Space Policy, May 1998; Space Futures and Human Security, Journal of Space Policy , August 1997; The Role of Developing Countries in the Formulation of Space Law, Annals of Air and Space Law , Vol. XX-II (1995); Ensuring Equal Access to the Benefits of Space Technologies for All Countries, Journal of Space Policy , February 1994; Regulation of Space Salvage Operations: Possibilities for the Future, Journal of Space Law , Vol. 22, Nos. 1&2 (1994); Celebrating Fifty Years of the Chicago Convention Twenty-Five Years after the Moon Landing: Lessons for Space Law, Annals of Air and Space Law , Vol. XIX, Part II (1994); Space Commerce on Global Scale, Journal of Law and Technology , Vol. 5, No. 2 (1990); Article I of the Outer Space Treaty Revisited, Journal of Space Law , Vol. 15, No. 2 (1989); United Nations Principles of Remote Sensing: An Agreement in Economic Relations, Journal of Space Policy , Vol. 4, No. 4 (1988); Space and International Organizations, Proceedings of the American Political Science Association , Chicago (1987); United Nations Space Treaties and the Common Heritage Principle, Journal of Space Policy , Vol. 2, No. 4 (1986); Treaty Law and Outer Space, Proceedings of the American Society of International Law , Washington, DC (1980); United Nations and Space Weapons, Harvard International Review , Vol. III, No. 4 (1985); Developing Countries and the Geostationary Orbit, Journal of Space Policy , Vol. 1, No. 3 (1985); Space Communications - Issues and Policies, Proceedings of the American Society of International Law , Washington, DC (1983); Potential for Solar Power Satellites in Developing Countries, Solar Power Review , Vol. 4 (1983); Institutional Aspects of International Cooperation in Space Manufacturing, Proceedings of Princeton, University Conference on Space Manufacturing , Princeton (1980); Direct Television Broadcasting in the Third World, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law , Vol. 13, No. 1 (1974); Regulatory Functions of ITU in the Field of Space Telecommunication, Journal of Air Law and Commerce , Vol. 34, No. 1 (1968); International Space Law and Cooperation and the Mining of Asteroids, Annals of Air and Space Law , Vol. XV (1990); Multilateral Negotiations of the Use of Nuclear Power Source in Outer Space, Annals of Air and Space Law , Vol. XIV (1989); Civilian and Military Space Activities: A Third World Perspective, Annals of Air and Space Law , Vol. XII (1987); Treaty Law and Outer Space: Can UN Play an Effective Role?, Annals of Air and Space Law , Vol. XI (1986).


IX. Sports and Other Achievements: Captain, Southern Combined Schools Cricket Team vs. Australian Schools Team (1958); Captain, Richmond College Cricket Team (1957 & 1958); Captain, Richmond College Athletics Team (1957 & 1958); Member of the Public Schools Outstanding Championship Trophy Winning Team and held the Southern Schools hurdling record; Member of the Senior School Debating Team; Winner of the Senior Education Prize (1959) and the Senior Civics Prize (1958); Member of the Richmond College Swiming Team; Won the Royal Life Saving Society Medal; Member of the Ceylon Contingent of the All-India Scout Jamboree (1956); Won the Senior Scout Badge.


X. Avocations: Reading (History and Biographies); Theater and Opera; Swimming and Jogging.


XI. Commendations (excerpts of letters received from UN Secretary-General):

“Upon my return to New York , I wish to congratulate you on the remarkable success of UNISPACE III, and express my appreciation for all your efforts at making my visit as productive and interesting as possible.”

- Kofi Annan, 29 July 1999


“In the course of your career, your performance has always been exemplary, meriting the admiration of your colleagues, eliciting praise from your supervisors and earning respect from representatives of Member States. Of particular note in this regard is the role that you have played in the UNISPACE conference, the UNCPICPUNE conference, and the recurrent meeting of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. In all of these tasks, your knowledge of a complex technical field, your organizational skills, and your diplomatic flair have greatly contributed to the successful achievement of the Organization's mandate.


In 1993, the transfer of the Office for Outer Space Affairs from New York to Vienna , a logistically complex undertaking, was successfully completed under your leadership with a minimum of disruption to the programme. Following your arrival in Vienna , your talents were quickly recognized and you were designated Deputy to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna .”

- Kofi Annan, 4 October 1999


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