Prof. von der Dunk was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in Vancouver, in October 2004, and the Social Science Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in Valencia, in October 2006.

In the summer of 2008, he was nominated, as the first lawyer ever, Member of the European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) of the European Space Foundation (ESF). Also, he was the sole lawyer on the Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation established by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) in 2007. 

Prof. von der Dunk defended his dissertation on “Private Enterprise and Public Interest in the European ‘Spacescape'” in 1998.

He has written more than 130 articles and published papers, many of which can be accessed at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/spacelaw/, giving rise to hundreds of full-text downloads monthly.


Prof. von der Dunk has given more than 140 presentations at international meetings and was visiting professor at over 30 foreign universities and other academic institutions across the world on subjects of international and national space law and policy, international air law and public international law. He has (co-)organised some 20 international symposia, workshops and other events, and has been (co-)editor of a number of publications and proceedings. As of 2006, he is the Series Editor of ‘Studies in Space Law’, published by Brill. In addition, he has given a range of interviews to the international media on issues of space law and policy.


Prof. von der Dunk is helping EADP in the areas of space law, international law and national US law, regarding test missions and final implementation of the Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle:

Report on legal parameters for an asteroid deflection demonstration mission as part of the EADP