Alissa J. Haddaji

Lecturer on Space Law, Policy and Ethics, Harvard University and Founder, Space Consortium at Harvard and MIT

Region:          Northern America; Europe; Africa

Field:              Law; Policy; Sociology; Ethics; Planetary Protection; Planetary Defense


Profile:     Dr. Alissa J. Haddaji is a faculty researcher and lecturer in Space Law, Policy and Ethics at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Space Law, Policy and Space Anthropology at the International Space University and founder of the Space Consortium at Harvard & MIT, and Space Week at Harvard. 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 founded and leads the UNOOSA Space4Women Mentee Webinars (2020-), is an organizing committee member of the International Academy of Astronautics’s (IAA) Planetary Defense Conference, a member of the International Astronautical Federation's (IAF) Near-Earth Object Committee and a Board Member of the Space Ethics non-profit JustSpace Alliance. Prior to her Planetary Defense work, Dr. Haddaji was a Planetary Protection and Defense legal and policy consultant for the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), 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).


2020-2021 Mentees

Emma Louden, Gautham Viswaroopan, Charles Barnabe, Kyran Grattan, Jung-Ju Lee, Anand Macherla, Catrina A. Melograna, Mariam Naseem, Maya Nas, Jas Purewal