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Welcome to the Institute of Air, Space and Cyber Law of the University of Cologne.

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Yours sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hobe

Opening hours: Monday - Friday from 10:00 - 17:00

Award of the degree Doctor honoris causa, 7th of November 2018

We are proud to announce that Professor Dr. Stephan Hobe was awarded the degree of Doctor honoris causa by the Rector of St. Kliment Ohridski, University of Sofia

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The (renamed) Institute of Air Law, Space Law and Cyber Law takes up the new research and expertise area of Cyber law

Since the celebration of its 90th anniversary in 2015, the Institute of Air and Space Law has expanded its research to questions of Cyber law – the legal regulation of the uses of cyber infrastructure and cybersecurity. The relevance of these topics is already apparent as cyberspace, as a virtual space different from the international commons, poses new challenges to the relevant law. 

The Institute has been conducting legal research on the relation between international law and cyber law as well as on cybersecurity in aviation and space activities. As a consequence, the Faculty of Law at the University of Cologne has unanimously voted in favour of a renaming of the Institute into

The Institute for Air Law, Space Law and Cyber Law.

Inter alia, in 2017 the Institute’s Director headed a working group on cyber law of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and in 2015 the Institute’s team provided expertise for the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations. 


Prof. Dr. Stephan Hobe, Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law in Cologne, IISL Director and Head of the IISL Directorate of Studies, gave a talk entitled “Space law and cyber law: a comparison” at the European Interparliamentary Space and Entrepreneurship Conference (6-7 November 2017) in Tallinn, Estonia which illustrated the development, the legal nature and the common characteristics of space law and cyber law.

Link to the Lecture

At its Board Meeting on 25 September 2017 in Adelaide, Australia, the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) agreed, that, based on the report presented by the IISL Working Group on Cyber Law headed by Prof. Dr. Stephan Hobe, cyber law should be an item of research of the IISL insofar as the questions of space law are affected. The IISL Colloquia on space law should, beginning with the 2018 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, regularly contain one session on cyber law. The full report and can be accessed on the IISL website at:

Cyberspace: A New Frontier of Law. 2017 Report of the IISL Working Group on cyber law.

An der diesjährigen Telders International Law Moot Court Competition haben insgesamt 23 internationale Teams teilgenommen. Das Kölner Team hat sich in der internationalen Vorrunde gegen den Gastgeber der Universität Leiden (Niederlande), die Nationale Universität Kiew-Mohyla-Akademie (Ukraine), Honourable Society of Inner Temple (England) und die Universität von Lettland (Lettland) durchgesetzt und das Finale im Friedenspalast in Den Haag erreicht.

Im hochspannenden Finale, geleitet von den Richtern James Crawford, Giorgio Gaja und John Dugard, plädierte das Kölner Team als Beklagte gegen das Klägerteam von der Demokrit-Universität Thrakien (Griechenland) und konnte den Wettbewerb am Ende für sich entscheiden. Das Kölner Team wurde darüber hinaus für den besten Beklagtenschriftsatz mit dem Carnegie Preis ausgezeichnet und insbesondere von Judge Crawford für den herausragenden Schriftsatz gelobt.

Wir gratulieren dem Team herzlich zu seinem Sieg!