Institute of Political Science

Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl

Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the Special Advisor for Political Affairs at the European Space Agency ESA (Headquarters in Paris). From 2019, he was seconded to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin to support the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020 and the Presidency Trio until the end of 2021. Up to 2019, he was the Chief Strategy Officer of ESA (Headquarters in Paris, France). From 2007 to 2011 he was the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, the leading European think tank for space policy. Prior to this, he was the Head of the Corporate Development and External Relations Department in the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany. Previously he also worked with the German Federal Ministry for Post and Telecommunications and the German Space Agency (DARA) in Bonn, Germany.

He has been a delegate to numerous international bodies and forums and has served from 2014 to 2016 as chair of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the highest body for space law making, comprising 73 Member States. He also was chair of various European and global committees (ESA International Relations Committee; European Coordination Committee for the International Space Station Intergovernmental Agreement; two plenary working groups of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee, the one on the launching State and the other on the registration practice, both leading to UN General Assembly Resolutions). He presented, respectively testified, at hearings of the European Parliament and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the President of the International Institute of Space Law, the professional association of space law experts from almost 50 countries, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (recently chairing its Commission on policy, economics and regulations) and Corresponding Member of the French Air and Space Academy, the International Law Association, as well as Member in academic space law and policy related institutions in China, India, Japan, the Netherlands, and the UK. He is also the Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on Space of the World Economic Forum. 

Kai-Uwe Schrogl has written or co-edited 20 books and more than 140 articles, reports and papers in the fields of space policy and law as well as telecommunications policy, most recently the Handbook of Space Security in two volumes (at Springer) and A Research Agenda for Space Policy (at Edward Elgar). He sits on editorial boards of various international journals in the field of space policy and law (Space Policy, Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht, Studies in Space Law/Nijhoff; previously also Acta Astronautica). Kai-Uwe Schrogl holds a doctorate degree in political science and lectures international relations as an Honorary Professor at Tübingen University, Germany.