Director, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University

Professor Jakhu teaches and conducts research in international space law, law of space applications, law of space commercialization, government regulation of space activities, law of telecommunications and Canadian communications law, and public international law.

He is currently spearheading two innovative international research projects related to space law: first, a study on Global Governance of Outer Space in which about 80 experts from around the world are involved, and secondly, the drafting of a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS).

Professor Ram Jakhu served as a Member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, 1992-1995, where he adjusted several cases related to human rights. He was a Member of the Advisory Group of Legal Experts on Optional Rules for Arbitration of Disputes Relating to Outer Space (of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, the Netherlands) that developed Optional Rules for Arbitration of Disputes Relating to Outer Space Activities, 6 December 2011.

He made presentations to the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, in 2011 and 2012, and was the Chair of the United Nations Working Group which updated, expanded and finalized the curriculum for a course on Satellite Communications to be taught at the UN Centres for Space Science and Technology in 2008-2009.

He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Space of the World Economic Forum, where he began his fourth term in 2016; the managing editor of Space Regulations Library Series; a member of the Editorial Board of the Annals of Air and Space Law; a member of the Advisory Board of Institute for Competitiveness; and Chairman of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety.

In 2007, Professor Ram Jakhu received a Distinguished Service Award from the International Institute of Space Law for significant contribution to the development of space law. In 2011, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) awarded him its Social Sciences Book Award for his book National Regulation of Space Activities (Springer, 2010). In 2016, during its 8th annual conference, the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) presented Professor Jakhu with its Leonardo da Vinci Life-long Achievements Award.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate professor, Director, Institute of Air and Space Law

Education

  • 1983 
    Doctor of Civil Law, McGill University