Alissa Haddaji

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School and Founder, Space Consortium at Harvard and MIT

Region:          North America and the Caribbean; Europe; North Africa

Field:              Law; Policy; Sociology


Profile:     Dr. Alissa J. Haddaji is a faculty researcher and lecturer in Space Law, Policy and Sociology of Space/Astrosociology at Harvard University, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and founder of the Space Consortium at Harvard & MIT, and Space Week at Harvard. She also serves as a Planetary Protection and Defense legal and policy consultant for the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA). She is the lead coordinator of the United Nations-mandated Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) Legal Working Group on Planetary Defense where she also represents the International Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

Dr. Haddaji is an organizing committee member of the International Academy of Astronautics’s (IAA) Planetary Defense Conference and a member of the International Astronautical Federation's (IAF) Near-Earth Object Committee. Prior to her Planetary Defense work, Dr. Haddaji was a Senior Researcher in Space Economics at Harvard Business School, a Research Fellow in Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute in Washington DC. Certified in Planetary Protection by NASA and ESA, she served for four years as COSPAR’s Planetary Protection Project Officer, where she led the coordination of, and co-authored the International Planetary Protection Handbook (IPPH) and created international Planetary Protection trainings in America, Europe and Asia.

She is a United Nations’ Office of Outer Space Affairs Space4Women Network Mentor, a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and a member of the Women In Aerospace association (WIA). She has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in World History & International Relations from La Sorbonne University, Paris 1, a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Law from La Sorbonne University, Paris 1, a Master’s Degree in American Civilization applied to Science and Technology Studies from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Planetary Science, specialized in Oceanography from Bordeaux 1 University. Dr. Haddaji is also a graduate of the International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program (SSP’17). She defended her first PhD dedicated to International Natural Disaster Management applied to Planetary Defense in 2019 and is currently finishing her 2nd PhD (remotely) at École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, on International Space Politics and its social glass ceilings.

Dr. Haddaji has guest-lectured in Space Law and Policy at Framingham University (US), York University (CA), Leiden Law School (NL), the International Space University (FR), the Space Generation Congress (SGC), the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). 


Network Activities: 

1. Mentor of the 2020-2021 class of UNOOSA Space4Women Space Law and Policy Mentees:

     Anand Macherla

     Catrina Melograna (Leiden University)

     Charles Barnabé (Marcelin Berthelot)

     Emma Louden (Yale University)

     Gautham Viswaroopan (The Aerospace Corporation)

     Jas Purewal (The University of Birmingham)

     Jung-Ju Lee (Johns Hopkins University)

     Kyran Grattan

     Mariam Naseem (Euroconsult)

     Maya Nasr (MIT)

     Nadia Khan

2. Creator, Producer and Host of the UNOOSA Space4Women Mentee Monthly Webinars:

3. Co-Host of the weekly web series “The Space4Women Show”:  

4. Administrator of the UNOOSA Space4Women Network Mentor social media page:

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