Alissa J. Haddaji

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2020


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 Visiting Fellow in Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Researcher at the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute in Washington DC. She also 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 was certified in the United States in Planetary Protection by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and in Europe by the European Space Agency (ESA). She completed a Graduate Teaching Certification at Brown University and a Socio-Anthropology Certification from La Sorbonne University, Paris 1.

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 Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST).

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