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Visiting Assistant Professor of Space Governance, Indiana University

Dr. Eytan Tepper is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington, affiliated with the Ostrom Workshop founded by Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom. There he established and serves as inaugural Director of the Space Governance Lab. Dr. Tepper earned his doctorate from the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law and subsequently pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the New York University (NYU) School of Law. His research focus is space law and governance, and he leads several projects for which he obtained external funding: (i) Polycentric Multilateralism: Reimagining the Roles of International Institutions in Space Governance and Beyond; (ii) Space - Cyber Governance; and (iii) Corporate Sovereigns: The Governance of Space Exploration Corporations. Dr. Tepper’s approach is transdisciplinary, employing cutting-edge literature from international law, international relations, and political economy. He has published in journals like the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Journal of Space Law, Space Policy, and New Space and has two book contracts with Cambridge and Springer. Prior to his return to academe, he was a practicing lawyer with a career spanning the public and private sectors, representing government ministries and Fortune 500 companies.


  • 2022–present
    Visiting assistant professor, Indiana University Bloomington
  • 2021–2021
    Adjunct professor, Laval University
  • 2020–2020
    Postdoctoral fellow, NYU School of Law


  • 2020 
    McGill University, PhD (space law)
  • 2015 
    China University of Political Science and Law, PhD (Chinese space policy)

Professional Memberships

  • International Institute of Space Law
  • International Astronautical Federation - Space Habitats Committee